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Postby Eliza » Mon Apr 04, 2011 3:12 am

Over 700 Infected with Swine Flu in Venezuela -- 8 Dead


With 6 dead and over 700 cases in just the last two weeks, the rapidly rising numbers are leading experts to think that the latest outbreak could kill more than the 131 who died in the original 2009 emergence.

CARACAS – The outbreak of the AH1N1 flu virus affecting Venezuela since March 17 has caused six deaths and has infected 712 people, bringing the number of fatalities this year to eight, Health Minister Eugenia Sader said on Saturday.

“The eight deaths that we have had so far this year from the AH1N1 flu have been patients with chronic pathologies,” Sader said, adding that the latest six were victims of the mid-March outbreak in the Andean state of Tachira in northwestern Venezuela, where an international fair had just been held.

“The outbreak is limited to Merida, but we’re sorry to say that the deaths of four of those who were infected with the AH1N1 flu suffered other illnesses that caused the complications that took their lives” in the last few days, the minister told a press conference.

Of the six fatalities caused by the outbreak since March, two of them occurred in Merida, another two in the central state of Aragua including a prisoner suffering from “acute cardiopathy,” one in the central state of Carabobo, and the last, a pregnant woman, in the northwestern state of Tachira, Sader said.

The outbreak has affected 20 out of every 100,000 people in Merida and eight out of every 100,000 in Caracas, where lab tests have confirmed the infection of 174 patients, she said.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said last Sunday that the outbreak “is under control” and called on citizens “not to panic.”

“This is a difficult situation but it’s under control, it’s controllable and should be no cause for panic or anxiety but of concern and for taking the proper measures,” the head of state said.

Between April 2009 and January 2010 the first outbreak of swine flu killed 131 people, according to statistics from the Health Ministry.
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Postby Eliza » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:11 pm

Agencia EFE January 25, 2014 5:03pm

Mexico's flu deaths up 322 pct in a week

Mexico City, Jan 25 (EFE).- Mexican health authorities said 103 people died of the flu in the week that ended Jan. 23, up 322 percent from the 32 fatalities reported between Jan. 1 and Jan. 16.

"There have been 135 (flu) deaths so far this year," 123 of which have been caused by the AH1N1 virus, the Health Secretariat said in a statement Friday.

Between Jan. 1 and Jan. 23, Mexico's National Epidemiological Surveillance System tallied 1,517 flu cases, which accounted for 18 percent of all cases of acute respiratory infection nationwide, the secretariat said.

The institution said that of the 135 fatalities this year, 123 deaths were attributable to the influenza A virus, subtype H1N1.

In 2009, Mexican authorities declared a public health emergency due to the AH1N1 virus.
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Postby Eliza » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:20 am

Mexican gov't says 314 flu deaths have occurred this year

Published February 02, 2014EFE

A total of 314 people died from influenza between Jan. 1 and Feb. 1 in Mexico, the Health Secretariat said.

Of the total deaths registered during the period, 290 were from the AH1N1 strain, one from the AH3N2 virus, one from type B influenza and the remaining 22 deaths from other strains of the virus.

Laboratory tests have confirmed 2,994 influenza cases since Jan. 1, of which 2,544 were of the AH1N1 strain, 144 of the AH3N2 type, 47 of the type B influenza virus and 259 of other strains, the secretariat said.

Seventy-two deaths were registered in the first week of January, with the death toll rising to 128 in the second week and then falling to 56 in the third week, 51 in the fourth week and seven in the fifth week, the secretariat said.

The infection and death figures will be adjusted as laboratory results are received, the Health Secretariat said.

The seasonal flu outbreak affects adults between the ages of 35 and 55 who suffer from chronic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes, the most, health officials said.

The situation is normal and there is no need to issue an epidemiological alert, the secretariat said, adding that people should take preventive measures and get vaccinated to avoid catching the flu.

The AH1N1 flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic is now a seasonal virus, the secretariat said.

The AH1N1 influenza strain was detected in Mexico between March and April 2009.

Around 1,300 people died and more than 70,000 others were infected by AH1N1 in Mexico, where a health alert was kept in place until June 29, 2010. EFE

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