concern about progress
And total 21 deaths from influenza in the country
24-06-2009 / The Ministry of Health of the Nation tonight confirmed three more deaths due to influenza A (H1N1), which, added to the 18 already announced, total 21 people died. Moreover, the peak of influenza A in Argentina will occur "within two or three weeks," says professional.
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The Ministry of Health of the Nation tonight confirmed three more deaths due to Influenza A (H1N1), which, added to the 18 already announced, total 21 persons killed by the flu in the country.
Moreover, the peak of influenza A in Argentina will occur "within two or three weeks," he said today the director of Infectious Diseases Children's Hospital Ricardo Gutierrez, Eduardo Lopez, who warned about "the ability to attack the disease.
Lopez said that "seasonal influenza is a risk of contagion from one case to another case, while in the new influenza A/H1N1 is one every two cases."
"The mortality that we have now is below the seasonal flu, however, due to the high capacity of spread of this virus, the ability of getting sick is higher, this is obvious. It is different from seasonal flu," he said the physician.
"The ability of this virus attack is 30 percent. It means that if one has the disease of this virus and has close contact with three people, one of them is going to pass, so this is very high , "added Lopez, told National Radio.
He also said that "the increase of cases is always much more efficient in winter than in summer because people are more together, because there is no ventilation, it allows the cold virus is spreading better and because there is low humidity, which The virus lives in different environments. "
"When the temperatures reach more temperate. The virus circulates with lower efficiency," said Lopez, who found that the peak of the disease in the country shall be filed "within two or three weeks."
The doctor also recommended to avoid travel on Argentina while increasing the number of people who contract influenza A, particularly in the Greater Buenos Aires μrea.
"Let us not forget the interior has low number of cases in most provinces, compared with the city of Buenos Aires and the suburbs," he said.
"Therefore, any action that may seem unfriendly, it is worth the penalty to be monitored (by the national authorities) to at least accept it or not to take it, but we must bear in mind these data because the peak, I believe, will be within two or three weeks, "said Lopez.
For its part, Alejandro Costa, director of Preventive Medicine of Buenos Aires Ministry of Health, urged the general public and members of risk groups in particular to implement the influenza vaccine, beyond that it is not effective for the new influenza A.
"The influenza vaccine with strains that today contains, is not covering against the influenza virus A H1N1, but if you're covering against the seasonal flu virus," noted Costa, told the same radio.
"Then those who have an indication of a flu shot, people over 65 years, those with chronic heart, lung, diabetes, and the kids that, for example, are between six months and 23 months in the province of Buenos Aires are the shots that were vaccinated and strengthen your immunity with respect to the seasonal virus ", he added.