Of 32 deaths, 31 were unvaccinated
No cause for alarm over the H1N1 reiterates the Ssa
01.02.2012 • Trends
637 confirmed cases of influenza. Photo: Notimex
The Health Secretary Chertorivski Solomon reiterated that no cause for alarm about the presence of influenza A/H1N1 virus in this winter season, but admitted that the estimated number of infections could reach 7 000, of so far there are thousands of reported and the death toll rose to 32, most caused by the pandemic virus.
Although, he said, until last Friday there have been 623 cases of severe influenza, of which 90 percent is the H1N1 virus, the peak is expected in February.
He explained that about 70 percent of the cases of death are people who set also other adverse health conditions such as obesity or diabetes. He said that was recorded in this period 32 deaths from influenza, including 29 confirmed with the H1N1 virus.
Of the 32 people who died, 31 were not vaccinated and 70 percent had other ailments like diabetes, cancer or hypertension. However, the health secretary said they are taking preventive measures to ensure that seasonal flu does not get out of control, although this requires also the participation of citizens. "
Flu season runs from October to March. The cases began to rise from the second half of December. In the final survey, which was on Friday (January 20), we had 637 cases of laboratory confirmed influenza, "he said in an interview.
"We hope these continue to rise in February, March and an average of normal flu in a typical year are between 5 and 7000 cases have to be the end of March," the federal official.