By Our Reporter
The Ministry of Health has this afternoon 17th March 2022 confirmed that the rampant flu and cough especially among school going children is Influenza type A and B.
Addressing the Media at Uganda Media Center, experts said the flu was not covid-19. The experts said they ruled out Covid-19 after all the 198 samples tested randomly taken from pupils turned out Covid-19 Negative.
However, 58 samples tested positive for Influenza A and 2 tested positive for influenza B.
The common symptoms noted included; Fever, Cough, Headache, Flu and Joint Pain.
Influenza A is a type of virus that causes influenza (the flu), a highly contagious respiratory illness. If you get it, you will need to rest at home and avoid infecting others. Vaccination can protect you against influenza A.
Meanwhile, Influenza B almost exclusively infects humans and is less common than influenza A. Flu type B also mutates about two to three times more slowly than influenza A. Because humans are the natural host of influenza B, pandemics generally do not occur with influenza B viruses.
Last week, we reported on this site that the current flu is not Covid- 19.