Muscat: Two expatriates living in Oman died after contracting the seasonal influenza (H1N1) or swine flu in the governorate of Dhofar – the first in July and the second in August.
They were among 78 confirmed cases of swine flu registered at the Sultan Qaboos Hospital over the first nine months of 2019 in the governorate.
The hospital authorities reported a total of 599 registered suspected cases of H1N1 between January and last September.
Doctors working at Sultan Qaboos Hospital dealt overall with 1,779 cases of respiratory infections during the same period.
Patients most vulnerable to the respiratory viruses are those over 18 years particularly pregnant women, those suffering from chronic illnesses, kidney and heart diseases, liver problems, diabetes, asthma, blood disorders, HIV/AIDS, and even health workers, according to Muscat Daily.