30 Apr 2004

Solomon Islands flu outbreak eases

3:39 pm on 30 April 2004

A mysterious flu outbreak in Solomon Islands has eased.

The superintendent of the National Referring Hospital superintendent, Dr Judson Leafasia, says they are now treating fewer people for the flu that affected most of the Honiara population.

People had earlier flooded hospitals and clinics seeking treatment.

Dr Leafasia says they were concerned given the bird flu and Sars outbreaks in other parts of the world.

"It's going away. It's not quite gone yet. There are still people coughing and people have it longer than the common cold. It's still around but not as much as two months back."

Dr Leafasia says they are still unable to identify what specifically caused the virus, and there were no reported deaths from the flu.