Maldives is currently experiencing an increase in respiratory infections which include cases of influenza. The routine influenza surveillance system has shown 155 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) as of 21st March 2017.
After the 2009 influenza pandemic, H1N1 has circulated as normal seasonal influenza and causes seasonal influenza outbreaks every year around the world. As such, the influenza H1N1 infection is now similar to any other influenza outbreak and not any more severe or dangerous. However, very young children, the pregnant, the elderly and those with certain preexisting conditions such as lung disease can sometimes have more severe disease or complications.
As a result of the increase in respiratory infections, Health Protection Agency, Ministry of Health of the Maldives with technical support from WHO and other technical experts has instituted outbreak control measures.