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    HEALTH | 07:50 | Tuesday, April 13, 2010 |

    Respiratory disease appeared early

    This year, respiratory disease occurred earlier than usual in our country, according to Dr. Ricardo Iramain, a pediatrician at Children's Private Institute (IPN)

    "It has attracted much attention in the month of March we had a major influx of patients with respiratory infections, especially flu-like symptoms," he said.

    The practitioner explained that not only have received patients in the ER but have even had to detain several of them.

    "We do not know if this is already a foreshadowing of what is to come, but usually in February and March we do not usually have as many respiratory problems and recently we have had," he said.

    The diseases are occurring, ranging from common colds, flus, to Bronchiolitis mild to severe, which are the most seen, said Dr. Maria Emilia Aquino, the same medical center.

    Bronchiolitis, he said, are statements that affect viral young children who are most sensitive. "Normally these cases are those requiring hospitalization, the immune status of these children.

    Dr. Iramain said further that most of the flu that have occurred recently in the United States during the winter, have been for the H1N1 strain, according to information provided to them by Dr. Janet Englund, University Washington.

    The pediatrician noted that the most important in the respiratory is early consultation. "When you have fever, cough and cold, the parents have to take the child to an early consultation with your pediatrician or the emergency department," he advised.

    Seasonal influenza. For its part, the pulmonologist Raquel Lemire, Institute of Respiratory Diseases and the Environment (Ineram), agreed that they are already beginning to appear respiratory pictures. "At this point, is what most are seasonal flu. There are also cases of bronchitis and pneumonia," he said.

    With regard to influenza, said there are individual tables, type A and B, "but not yet in last year's level at this point," he said.

    Lemire recommended that if a person has respiratory symptoms do not attend your workplace or school, if one school to avoid infecting others.

    VIRUS. At this point, the main infectious agents that are circulating in the country are: dengue, adenovirus and respiratory syncytial virus, said Dr. Ivan Allende, Director General of Health Surveillance.

    The adenovirus may be a cause of bronchiolitis, bronchitis, conjunctivitis, and some upper respiratory symptoms, he said.

    While respiratory syncytial virus, also now present in the environment produces more Bronchiolitis of infants and can cause pneumonia, according to Allende.

    The influenza A virus H1N1, however, has not yet been made this year. "We're not taking evidence of circulation, sentinel surveillance, but we are closely monitoring that situation because the regional situation and the situation of a pandemic in which we are," said epidemiologist.

    He added, however, probably have "more news on influenza in coming weeks."


    "Probably we are living these last weeks of the dengue epidemic, but with active circulation of respiratory viruses. Is what we call: the period of simultaneous epidemics," said Dr. Ivan Allende, Director General of Health Surveillance Ministry of Public Health.

    Allende said that, indeed, already are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

    "The virus is now the largest circulation of dengue, but there are adenovirus, a respiratory virus that causes fever and malaise, such as dengue, but is accompanied by respiratory symptoms: nasal congestion, cough, runny nose," he said.