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  • Alert El Salvador on outbreak of influenza A (H3N2)

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    Alert El Salvador on outbreak of influenza A (H3N2)

    Updated at 19/01/2013 - 14:50
    Salvadoran health authorities said Friday they are alert against a possible outbreak of influenza A (H3N2), associated in particular the movement of people between China and the United States, where there are at least 18 child deaths and 2,000 hospitalizations.
    Keywords: El Salvador, influenza A

    Alert El Salvador on outbreak of influenza A (H3N2)

    Salvadoran health authorities said Friday they are alert against a possible outbreak of influenza A (H3N2), associated in particular the movement of people between China and the United States, where there are at least 18 child deaths and 2,000 hospitalizations.

    Deputy Minister for Health Policy, Eduardo Espinoza, reported that so far have not identified cases of infection with this type of strain, but maintain surveillance due to air exchange between El Salvador and the United States, about the disease.

    In recent weeks the virulence of this strain has been detected in at least 44 U.S. states.

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that in the United States recorded the deaths of 18 children and more than 2,000 hospitalizations for the disease.

    Espinoza said that the contagion may be inevitable due to the constant exchange of travelers to cities throughout the United States, where one third of the Salvadoran population.

    "The virus travels with people. We must follow the preventive measures and how to avoid complicating cases," warned the official.

    For the authorities the risk is latent since entered a phenomenon this week anticyclonic to Central America that can become a vector due to increasing winds at high altitudes descampadas of El Salvador.
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