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Fighting H1N1 On The Streets Of Tehran


An Iranian activist, Farvartish Rezvanieh, has protested against what he describes as a lack of action against swine flu by the Iranian authorities by walking the streets of Tehran wearing a full isolation suit with H1N1 on it.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency has posted some pictures of his protest.

Farvartish writes in his blog that he wanted to launch the protest along with the Health Ministry, but a ministry official told him that anyone who would wear an anti-infection suit in the street should be put in a mental hospital. The official told him the action was pointless.

According to official figures, over a thousand Iranians have become infected with H1N1 and about 16 have died.

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