Minister of Health in the Syrian Interim Government, Maram Al-Sheikh, said that the Ministry is ready to detect and diagnose any case of influenza infection in the liberated areas through the early warning network program, categorically denying reports of infections with swine flu, bird flu, or coronavirus.
Al-Sheikh explained that the two deaths that have recently taken place in the town of Marea and Al-Bab in rural Aleppo were due to infection with a virus that causes seasonal flu which usually occurs in the winter and fall seasons and comes along diseases such as cold and flu.
He stressed that what happened “does not mean that every case of deaths from a respiratory infection caused by viral infections or influenza is the result of infection with swine flu, bird flu or coronavirus as is being reported. He pointed out that rural Aleppo witnessed three deaths from seasonal influenza last year.
Al-Sheikh added that there is no cause for concern, stressing that there are no pandemics or epidemics in the liberated areas. He noted that the results of the analyzes of the two deaths will be issued in the near future, adding that the Ministry will clarify the real causes of the two deaths. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)