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    Mongolia: Influenza A Outbreak - Information Bulletin
    from International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
    Published on 18 Jan 2019
    The Situation
    On 15 January 2019, due to the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) virus in Mongolia, the State Emergency Commission meeting was called. The Ministry of Health stated that Influenza A cases were confirmed to be H1N1 in the end of December 2018 and since then it had rapidly spread within a short period of time. Starting from 3 January, the outbreak became higher than three years average and two deaths have been registered among children within the first week of January 2019. By January 2019, 9 districts of Ulaanbaatar city and 11 provinces are spread to epidemics, ranging from 11-17 per cent with a national average of 9.3 per cent of total outpatient examinations. According to the Ministry of Health contingency plan, if influenza is detected in more than 15 per cent of the total outpatient examinations, there will be local and national quarantine. The outbreak is expected to rise over the coming weeks as Influenza is dominantly (40 per cent) caused by Influenza A (H1N1) virus. The same outbreak was registered in 2009 in Mongolia and state of emergency had been called.
    From the total registered cases, 67.4 per cent is children from 0-4 ages. 86.3 per cent of the hospitalized patients are children from 0-4. Hospitals of Ulaanbaatar city is capacitated to hospitalize 977 children, which is now exceeded by 53.2 per cent. In Ulaanbaatar city hospitals, 423 beds are transferred from adult floor and 354 portable beds are being used additionally to handle the situation. According to the Ministry of Health, on average about 139 new patients are hospitalized every day, at least 500 more portable beds are needed urgently...
    Last edited by tetano; January 30th, 2019, 02:41 AM.

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    Mongolia: Warning of a “kids’ crisis” as influenza outbreak grips

    Ulaanbaatar/Beijing/Geneva, 24 January 2019 – An outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) in Mongolia has been called a “kids’ crisis” by the Mongolian Red Cross Society, with children under five accounting for more than two-thirds of cases reported up to 18 January.

    Health services are increasingly stretched. According to the Ministry of Health, an average of 139 influenza patients are hospitalized every day. Of these, almost 90 per cent are infants and children under the age of five. Hospitals in the capital, Ulaanbaatar, usually have the capacity to admit 977 children but are struggling to find beds for more than 1,500 children currently hospitalized in the city. As of 24 January, four children have unfortunately died of influenza.

    “This influenza outbreak, along with extreme cold, air pollution, poverty and the risk of pneumonia, are combining to pose deadly risks, especially for young children,” said Bolormaa Nordov, Secretary General of the Mongolian Red Cross. “This is absolutely a ‘kids’ crisis’.”

    “The situation is alarming because the peak of the influenza season is still two months away. We are also concerned that the coming Lunar New Year (5 to 7 February) will see many people on the move across the country, providing an opportunity for the outbreak to spread even further,” said Bolormaa Nordov...


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      7 killed by H1N1 virus in Mongolia

      The H1N1 flu virus, also known as swine flu, has killed seven adults in Mongolia since the beginning of this year, the country's health minister says on Tuesday. At a plenary session of the parliament, Davaajanstan Sarangerel denied the media reports that many children have died of swine flu in the country so far this [...]The post 7 killed by H1N1 virus in Mongolia appeared first on The Herald Nigeria.