SEOUL, Sept. 3 (Xinhua) -- South Korean health
officials on Thursday voiced concern that A/H1N1 flu may spread more widely and
rapidly in this fall with the beginning of a new semester in schools, and vowed
the government will take all required precautionary measures to combat the
Since students ended their summer vacations and
schools started a new semester, "the new flu is expected to spread more widely
in the fall", Health and Welfare Minister Jeon Jae-hee said in a parliamentary
"After some people go through the latent period,
October will be a critical point to examine the scale of the pandemic," the
Yonhap News Agency quoted the minister as saying.
Jeon said the health authorities are beefing up
measures to prevent further infection while the new virus is rapidly spreading
around local communities.
The health ministry said last week it will vaccinate
10 million people against the A/H1N1 virus within the year.
South Korea reported its 4th death case related to
the A/H1N1 flu virus on Wednesday, and so far a total of 4,293 cases have been
confirmed since the country reported its first flu outbreak in early May, Yonhap
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