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Mexico, influenza 2018-19: 63 deaths

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  • Mexico, influenza 2018-19: 63 deaths

    Confirmed 491 cases and 28 deaths due to influenza

    In the current season of influenza, 491 cases and 28 deaths have been confirmed, and the AH1N1 virus is the one that has prevailed so far, according to the weekly report of the General Directorate of Epidemiology (DGE) of the Ministry of Health. Of the total cases registered from week 40 to 46 this year, 378 (77 percent) cases positive for influenza were for the subtype of virus A (H1N1), 76 for B, 28 for influenza A and nine for A ( H3N2). The entities with the highest number of confirmed cases are: Veracruz, Guerrero, Chiapas, Sinaloa and Oaxaca; that altogether they add 51.9 percent of the total.
    While of the 28 deaths that have been reported, 23 were for A (H1N1), three for influenza A and two for B. The states with the highest number of deaths are: Veracruz, Tabasco, Sonora, Chiapas and Sinaloa, which together make up 64.3 percent. When comparing the behavior of reported deaths, this is the highest number for the same period, from 2010 to date.

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    141 deaths from influenza in 2018

    With 141 deaths due to influenza during the course of this year and during the rainy season in the Sierra, the vaccination campaign began in Quito this week. For this, 4.6 million doses are available to be administered to 829,000 children up to 35 months of age and to 3.8 million children between 6 months and 5 years of age, pregnant women, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

    "From the beginning of the presentation of cases, on November 19, 2017, until November 10, 2018, 1,484 confirmed cases are reported, in which a low circulation of the virus can be seen in recent weeks," says the most recent epidemiological report.


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      There are already 63 deaths due to influenza

      The current influenza season records 63 deaths from the disease, the second highest since 2012, according to records from the epidemiological authorities. In addition, the lethality of this disease went from 1.6 to 6.6 percent when comparing last season with the current one, because 80 percent of the cases correspond to strain A H1N1, the most aggressive. However, the Undersecretary of Prevention and Health Promotion, Hugo López-Gatell, indicated that the situation is within the expected. And stressed that the increase in lethality does not imply an emergency, since the behavior of the virus is similar to that presented in other seasons, where this strain predominated. The virus, he explained, affects the young adult more than children and older adults, who are more affected by the strains that prevailed last season.