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Influenza causes 684 deaths in South America

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    Published yesterday and likely out of date already...for sure that there are more than 28,000 infected...more like hundreds of thousands


    Influenza causes 684 deaths and 28 thousand infected in South America, Argentina is the most affected

    According to the latest official reports, the nation hardest hit by influenza in South America is Argentina, with 49 percent of all deaths and 19.7 percent of cases in the subregion.


    Sun, 09/08/2009 - 12:09
    The Ministry of Health of Argentina reported 337 dead and five thousand 710 cases. File

    Santiago .- At least 684 have died sudamericanos product of human influenza since the disease emerged and infected 28 thousand added 848, reported the regional health authorities.

    According to the latest official reports, the nation hardest hit by influenza in South America is Argentina, with 49 percent of all deaths and 19.7 percent of cases in the subregion.

    The Ministry of Health of Argentina reported 337 deaths and 710 cases of five thousand people with the virus AH1N1, which became the main health problem in this nation of 40.9 million.

    Experts warned in recent days that the number of deaths could increase significantly in the short term due to gravity in which there are several patients who are identified human influenza.

    The opposition accused the president argentina Cristina Fern?ndez de Kirchner to conceal until several weeks ago the extent of the disease, which would have led to neglect and an explosion of cases after the legislative elections last June.

    In Uruguay, meanwhile, health authorities reported a total of 25 people have died of the deadly virus product, while the sick add at least 200 across the country, albeit with a downward trend.

    According to the Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay, the human influenza is at present "an epidemic geographically widespread, with a decreasing trend of cases," an intensity "moderate" and a level of activity "to the bottom."

    In Brazil, meanwhile, the government of President Luiz In?cio Lula da Silva 96 have reported deaths since the disease appeared, while the total cases detected in the laboratory two thousand 959.

    Monday is scheduled to return to classes of 11 million students of Mexico City, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Rio Grande do Sul which enjoyed widespread winter to prevent new infections by influenza.

    But experts say that the suspension of classes has a positive effect at 100 percent for preventing transmission of the virus among students because it also spreads by public transportation and shopping malls.

    In Venezuela, on the other hand, the deaths caused by the virus AH1N1 added five, while those infected reached 476, with a spread that was described by authorities as "moderate" and with a high recovery rate.

    The Colombian authorities, meanwhile, reported 17 dead and 270 infected by the human influenza, thus maintaining the network of active detection of new cases across the country to prevent further spread.

    In Ecuador, deaths from the deadly virus total 21, with 682 confirmed cases of infection by health authorities, mostly in the provinces of Guayas, where the port of Guayaquil, and Pichincha, where Quito is located.

    The Peruvian government on the other hand, reported that five thousand 304 people with confirmed cases of the virus AH1N1, of whom 40 died due to complications, so they insisted on strengthening preventive measures.

    Among them are not send to school for children who show symptoms of influenza and increased cleaning and disinfection of schools to prevent the virus could spread uncontrollably in.

    In Chile, the proceeds of the disease killed 104 total, while those infected reached 12 thousand 030, with a clear downward trend in the number of cases requiring health authorities.

    The Bolivian authorities, on the other hand, reported 12 deaths from the virus and 973 infected AH1N1 and consider closing some schools for a couple of weeks to avoid a larger number of patients.

    Some experts have even suggested the possibility of completing the school year in parts of the country in advance to prevent the growth of human influenza cases among children and young Bolivians.

    In Paraguay, meanwhile, the authorities indicated that the dead virus product added 27, with 244 infected throughout the country and are waiting for a vaccine that would leave the market in September for delivery to the population at risk.