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Health alert in Chile by respiratory virus (RSV)

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  • Health alert in Chile by respiratory virus (RSV)

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    Health alert in Chile by respiratory virus

    Santiago de Chile, June 17 (Prensa Latina) The Chilean government today declared the state of health alert for an outbreak of syncytial virus, which causes severe respiratory symptoms, especially in children.

    The authorities do not rule out even go to the emergency care, hospitalizations due to increased in recent days by that evil, which can cause pneumonitis, bronchopneumonia and even death.

    "This will be a difficult year for health," said the head of the sector, Jaime Ma?alich, adding that nearly 90 percent of institutionalized pediatric corresponds to less than one year with respiratory illnesses.

    The minister said the most affected regions are B?o B?o, Araucan?a, Valparaiso and Metropolitan Los Lagos, where Santiago is located, places will be reinforced with personal care services and medical equipment.

    The Chilean authorities fear further worsen the health landscape today with the arrival of central Chile frontal system will bring heavy rain and a mass of polar air.

    In fact, the Chilean capital on Friday recorded its lowest temperature so far this year, when the thermometer was 1.9 degrees below zero.