Oct 09, 2013

    Flu cases among kids 'no cause for alarm'

    THE public should not be alarmed by recent cases of influenza among children here, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said yesterday.

    Yesterday, The New Paper (TNP) said that at least six pre-school children were reportedly infected with the H1N1 flu virus over the weekend.

    In the TNP report, MOH said that it had been notified of the cases and was investigating.

    The ministry said later yesterday that it had been notified of a cluster of eight children with influenza, out of an enrolment of 56, and another 10 children with influenza-like symptoms.

    The cases were at the Aces Montessori Kidz in Downtown East which provides pre-school services.

    MOH said two children were admitted for observation and discharged two days later. The other 16 children were either self-medicated or received outpatient medical treatment.

    The ministry added that the children are recovering and that it has provided advice to the Montessori centre on infection-control measures.

    MOH said influenza is generally a mild illness, with full recovery. Still, there might be complications at times, such as pneumonia.

    There are three seasonal influenza strains that circulate throughout the year in Singapore.

    They are the H1N1 strain of influenza A, the H3N2 strain of influenza A, and influenza B.

    "These strains are also circulating throughout the world. There has been no evidence to suggest an increase in virulence of the influenza A (H1N1) virus," said MOH in a statement.