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    Bolivia without reagents for influenza AH1N1 from two months ago

    LA PAZ, Bolivia, Aug. 6 --

    The Government announced that no reagents for influenza A tests for two months which does not allow analysis to show the infection.

    Health Minister Ramiro Tapia, revealed that suspected cases continue to appear of whom it is not certain to be influenza A, including, it could not determine whether future deaths are due to the virus.

    "Our labs are processing samples from persons who are highly suspicious (of having the disease). Not that we do not want to make those (studies), but two months ago and half received no reagents," he said.

    The large number of orders to the Pan American Health Organization, delayed the shipment of reagents, which are 160 countries that are in the same situation in Bolivia.

    LATAM: Report

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    Re: Bolivia without reagents for AH1N1 testing


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    The lack of working materials CENETROP paralyzed. In La Paz and Cochabamba discusses the most serious cases
    3 deaths unconfirmed; 700 samples remaining

    For Leader Network - Agency - 25/08/2009

    More than 700 samples and reporting three deaths with suspected H1N1 influenza A are paralyzed at the National Center for Tropical Diseases (CENETROP), Santa Cruz, because it is over an enzyme (kid Invitrogen), which is essential for laboratory performing the process.

    Meanwhile, the laboratories of La Paz (INLASA) and Cochabamba (UMSS) analyzed yesterday only the more chronic cases.

    According to official information from the Ministry of Health, until yesterday were 19 people died because of the new influenza, but there are three confirmed deaths requiring an analysis to add them or ignore the list of victims of the pandemic.

    One of them corresponds to a woman (25), who died in the Thorax Institute of Peace, the second case is a male (43), who died at Sacred Heart Hospital in El Alto, with a picture complicated by a liver failure and the third case involved a woman (24), who lost his life in Potosi, the same had heart problems.

    In all three cases the cause of death was severe respiratory failure, so they are highly suspicious of being infected with influenza A H1N1.

    Meanwhile in La Paz, the head department of Epidemiology, Rosmary Huanca, said the situation at the National Institute of Health Laboratories (INLASA) is not very different from the CENETROP, because so far only have counted reagents for analysis of emergence of more severe patients. He said that at any time cease to process samples, if the material fails.

    Locations director of Potosi, Arturo Ramirez, said that since July 5 expected results of 139 samples of suspected influenza A H1N1 taken in Potosi.

    According to the report of the Ministry of Health, so far in the country reported 12,467 probable cases of the disease, of whom 1316 were confirmed, of this total, 70 percent is from Santa Cruz.


    Although the flu vaccine the government bought stationary ends in August this year and the Director of Venues, Rodrigo Heredia, said only this dose was administered to 20 this month, a deputy said he found the institution continued supplying .

    It is unclear under what circumstances these shots were taken because, according to Hall was purchased by the Government for $ 5 each unit, but the information they handle Brigade MPs say they also received donations from Venezuela, why is asked the Minister of Health explain the conditions under which these vaccines arrived in the country.

    Under the rules of debate in the House of Representatives, the executive authorities are challenged by the Congress within 15 days to provide the answer.