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Nicaragua: 2019 Pneumonia cases

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    Al menos 57 personas han muerto por neumon?a en Nicaragua en lo que va de a?o
    | 18 mar 2019 07.45pm

    Google translation:
    At least 57 people have died of pneumonia in Nicaragua so far this year
    | 18 Mar 2019 07.45pm

    At least 57 people have died in Nicaragua from pneumonia so far this year, including eight in the last week, according to data released Monday by the Ministry of Health (Minsa).

    In the last week, Nicaragua also reported 2,002 new cases, for an accumulated 21,039 cases so far this year, 15% less than in the same period last year, said the vice president of Nicaragua, Rosario Murillo, who announced the Minsa report.

    In the same period last year, the Minsa recorded 84 deaths from pneumonia in Nicaragua, 27 more than in the same period of this year.

    Pneumonia is a type of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs.

    The lungs are formed by small sacs, called alveoli, which in healthy people fill with air when breathing. The alveoli of patients with pneumonia are full of pus and fluid, which makes breathing painful and limits the absorption of oxygen, explains the World Health Organization (WHO) on its website.

    To prevent the spread of this disease, specialists recommend frequent hand washing, proper disposal of papers or handkerchiefs, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing either using a disposable paper or the inside of the elbow.

    Also do not smoke, avoid the sudden change of temperatures, and in the case of the groups considered to be at greater risk of contracting severe symptoms due to influenza or pneumonia, they should receive the annual vaccination against influenza and the pneumococcal vaccine.

    Also, try to stay away from sick people.

    During 2017, a total of 287 people died of pneumonia and 140,735 suffered from the disease, according to health authorities.

    Until December 17, the Minsa reported 404 people killed by pneumonia in Nicaragua.

    In the last week, health authorities also reported 33 new cases of dengue, 5 confirmed cases of leptospirosis and one of them deceased, and 202 cases of malaria