Iran sets up committee to prevent swine flu outbreak

TEHRAN, MAY 4 (MNA) -- The Ahmadinejad administration has established a special committee to prevent an outbreak of swine flu in Iran.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has appointed two of the country’s vice presidents and four ministers to the six-man committee.


Cases of swine flu have been confirmed in at least 18 countries since its emergence in Mexico.


Swine flu is a respiratory disease that normally infects pigs. It is caused by the Influenza Type A H1N1 virus, which is the same type of virus that caused the infamous Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918.


Vice President for Executive Affairs Ali Saeedlou, Vice President for Planning and Strategic Supervision Amir Mansour Borghei, Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli, Health Minister Kamran Bagheri, Education Minister Alireza Ali-Ahmadi, and Agricultural Jihad Minister Mohammad Reza Eskandari are the members of the committee.


Deputy Health Minister Hamid-Reza Rasekh said on Sunday that Iranian drug companies are currently producing an anti-viral drug for the treatment of bird flu which can also be used for the treatment of swine flu. 


Rasekh said that the medicine is endorsed by international organizations.


Iran can produce the drug in capsule form, he added.


And Iranian scientists are currently making studies to develop a way to produce the drug in syrup form, too, he noted.


He went on to say that Iran has sufficient stockpiles of the drug.


Rasekh also said that Iran’s borders and airports are being monitored to prevent the entry of any persons infected with swine flu.


Health Ministry official Mohammad Mahdi Gouya told the Mehr News Agency on Saturday that Iran has established quarantine units at a number of its airports.





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