Seasonal Flu

Maldives is currently experiencing an increase in respiratory infections which include cases of influenza. The routine influenza surveillance system has shown about 73 cases of Influenza A (H1N1) as of 21st May 2018. In the Maldives, 4000-5000 number of Acute Respiratory Tract Infections (ARI) are reported weekly. Confirmatory tests for Influenza were undertaken,180 samples were tested, amongst which 73 were positive for Influenza A (40%) and 1 for Influenza B. H3N2 is the predominant strain reported amongst samples subtypes.

After the 2009 influenza pandemic, Maldives also experienced an Influenza outbreak during March 2017. Very young children, the pregnant, the elderly and those with certain preexisting conditions such as lung disease can sometimes are at higher risk for severe disease or complications.

The Health Protection Agency of the Ministry of Health Maldives, has issued a media statement alerting public of the rising number of fever cases. HPA and WHO are disseminating awareness messages on how to prevent and protect against Influenza, Dengue and Diarrhoea.

Influenza is a human virus spread from person to person through coughing, sneezing or talking by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object- with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

The symptoms of flu in people include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. People may be infected with the flu, including influenza A/H1N1 and influenza B, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever. Please refer to our info graphs below for signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention.

“Antiviral Drugs” prescribed by your doctor can make you better faster and may also prevent serious complications. It’s very important that antiviral drugs be used early to treat flu in people who are very sick for example people who are in the hospital) or are at high risk for complications.

A flu vaccine is by far the most important step in protecting against flu infection. Simple measures such as practicing personal hygiene also prevents the spread of germs that causes seasonal flu and respiratory infections. Please refer to our info graph below for an in-depth pictorial on How to Wash Hands.


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