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Merida, Venezuela: Activate epidemiological fence for respiratory disease outbreak - influenza?

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  • Merida, Venezuela: Activate epidemiological fence for respiratory disease outbreak - influenza?

    Monday May 6, 2013 | 18:20:15

    Activate Merida epidemiological fence respiratory disease outbreak

    The Merida state health authorities activated the epidemiological fence protocol, after the report of 24 cases of people with possible influenza-like respiratory disease, reported Denis Gomez, Director of the Health Corporation (Corposalud) in that state.

    Gomez reported that on Friday, May 3, received information on a group of 17 patients hospitalized for a respiratory illness, influenza, a private clinic in the capital Merida.

    "These patients were sampled to confirm whether it was a respiratory illness or influenza type H1N1 was taking into account the similarity of symptoms, took the requisite steps," he said.

    He explained that in this particular case is an outbreak among employees of a bank known.

    He said Monday that State Authority health authorities are aware of 24 cases of people with respiratory disease, of which 20 correspond to the municipality of Libertador and 4 to municipality Campo Elias.

    The total affected them were practiced rapid tests that provide a 70% confirmation of the diagnosis, obtained only two cases were positive for influenza type A.

    "They were also sampled for real-time PCR, the study being conducted microbiology service Ambulatory Venezuela, Libertador municipality of Merida.'re Waiting for the results," said Gomez.

    He said that it was established in Merida statewide an epidemiological fence and protocols were activated and preventive measures aimed at preventing the spread of respiratory illness.

    While noting that there is no cause for alarm, people called flu symptoms, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath and fever, not to self-medicate and seek specialized care in ambulatory estadal network for proper assessment and diagnosis of your condition.