A Kuwaiti teenager died after being infected with the A(H1N1) or swine flu virus, bringing the fatality toll up to nine, the Health Ministry said on Friday.The deceased, a 14ـyearـold female suffering from Down Syndrome was also suffering from severe pneumonia and chest pain. She was hospitalized and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in a critical condition on Sept. 25. She was treated with antiviral medications but was too weak to fight the disease, an official source at the ministry told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA). She succumbed to the disease on Friday.
Most deaths that resulted from swine flu were of those patients suffering from other illnesses while most of those infected have recovered. The recovery percentage in Kuwait has reached 99 percent. Children under five years, pregnant women and people suffering from diabetes, asthma and weak immune systems are more susceptible to the disease.
In another development, Head of the Health Ministry’’s Public Health Program Dr. Rashid AlـOwaish told KUNA that “over 300,000 antiـseasonal flu vaccines, including 145,000 antiـswine flu vaccines are expected to arrive in Kuwait this month.” He said: “the ministry ordered this huge number of flu vaccines to better protect people from the infections of both the seasonal flu and the A(H1N1) virus,” adding that the vaccines will be distributed in health centers and hospitals by the end of next week.
The common characteristics of the swine flu and the regular flu make it very difficult to diagnose and treat individuals because both diseases share similar symptoms.
The total number of reported swine flu cases in Kuwait has reached 2,881 since April.