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Swine flu death toll in Turkey rises to 33

muezzinogluTurkish Minister of Health Mehmet Müezzinoğlu has announced that the number of people in Turkey who have died from the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, has risen to 33, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday, meaning three more people died from the disease since Monday.

Müezzinoğlu stated that 60 percent of those who died due to the virus had preexisting medical conditions.

One of the three people who have died since Monday was a man in the southwestern province of Muğla. The 58-year-old man went to a hospital because of coughing and high fever, before being diagnosed with swine flu. The man died on Tuesday at an İzmir hospital where he was receiving treatment.

Many people in Turkey have become alarmed by the recent deaths due to the H1N1 virus. However, although the Ministry of Health admits that swine flu cases are on the rise as a seasonal occurrence, it maintains that the situation does not amount to an epidemic. Experts state that no epidemic is expected and that the best way to tackle the disease is for individuals to practice good personal hygiene.

The ministry has stepped up its efforts to tighten measures against the disease, and state hospitals will provide free medication to those infected. The ministry also highlighted the importance of going to a doctor during the early stages of swine flu, which will appear to the patient as if they are suffering from a particularly powerful strain of influenza that they cannot recover from.

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