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    El Financiero en l?nea

    Santiago, November 7 .- South America this week continued downward trend in cases of human influenza, in excess of 393 thousand in the region, despite which in some countries there are concerns about a possible resurgence of the virus.

    Although most South American nations fell down the virus A/H1N1, coinciding with the development of the southern spring, in countries like Colombia, Peru and Argentina the authorities went on alert for new onset cases.

    In Colombia, for example, health authorities announced this week they launched a media campaign to prevent human influenza, which has left two thousand 933 infected in this country, of whom 136 have died of the disease.

    Public Health Director of the Ministry of Social Protection of Colombia, Lenis Urquijo, said the strategy will include targeted messages to vulnerable people through mass media, in parks, schools and parks.

    Since the first case of human influenza in Colombia, in May, the medical centers have received more than 100 thousand warnings of possible infection, most of which were discarded in the laboratory.

    The government of Venezuela, which last week announced the purchase of five million human influenza vaccines, reported that 97 people have died in that country because of the H1N1 virus, while there have been 981 thousand cases of infection .

    Venezuelan Vice Minister of Social Networks on Collective Health, Mrs. Corado said that health authorities have assessed more than 11 thousand cases and provided more than 40 thousand and free treatment against human influenza.

    She noted that the percentage of deaths in the country because the virus has decreased due to preventive health awareness campaign and set up epidemiological surveillance throughout the country.

    In Argentina, health officials expressed concern over a potential human influenza outbreak, despite the temperature increase by the advance of the austral spring, after he died in the last week two people affected by the epidemic.

    The Ministry of Health of Buenos Aires on Saturday acknowledged that a young man who died was admitted to hospital with severe respiratory failure and was admitted to intensive care.

    A day earlier, a woman had died aged 61 had also been infected by human influenza, although in recent weeks was sharply reduced the number of cases.

    Thus, between September and October the death toll of the pandemic rose from 593 to 595 in Argentina and it is feared that more infections in the rest of the country, far exceeding the 10 thousand 211 cases, according to estimates officers.

    The Chilean Health Ministry reported in its latest newsletter that the clinical cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic add 367 thousand 598, with 140 deaths in the period, representing a 0.83 percent mortality per 100 thousand inhabitants.

    The official balance of dependency states that "after 30 weeks (since the beginning of the epidemic in the country) there is a substantial and sustained reduction in the number of cases at the country level, in conjunction with the advance of the season spring.

    He said that in five regions of Chile "no influenza activity is recorded" and the rest of the provinces it is mild, except for the southern region of Rivers, where "moderate activity was detected.

    In Paraguay, the figures on human influenza patients had almost no variation in a week, with only five new confirmed cases of infection in the past seven days, according to Health Minister of that country, Esperanza Martinez.

    With new cases reported, the number of infected rose to 90 in Paraguay, a total of seven thousand 728 cases reported, and of which 43 were fatal.

    The attention of health authorities in Paraguay is currently focused on influenza and dengue fever, which by the time he already have high temperatures is conducive to the spread of the virus transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito.

    Peru, meanwhile, recorded a slight increase of 0.76 per cent of cases of influenza, to build eight thousand 868 people infected, of whom 183 died, according to a report by the Department of Epidemiology (DGE) of that country .

    The CEO, under the Ministry of Health of Peru, said the increase has occurred in the last week in the departments of Ayacucho, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno and Tumbes.

    In this situation, the Peruvian authorities reiterated their recommendations to the public for pictures at the onset of diarrhea, wheezing, vomiting, abdominal pain and conjunctival congestion or sore throat, seek medical advice.

    In Ecuador, finally, the government of President Rafael Correa expected to arrive in late November to the country 900 thousand doses of vaccine against human influenza requested the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

    The Ministry of Health of Ecuador, remains unchanged in its report on 21 October, indicating 75 deaths and 402 thousand AH1N1 infected with the virus. (Con informaci?n de Notimex / JJJ)