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San Josť, Costa Rica -  Wednesday 08 February 2012

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Costa Rica Facing Increase In "Flu" Cases

The number of people attending medical centres with influenza and acute respiratory infections is higher than expected by health authorities.

According to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) the behaviour of these diseases has been "unusual in recent weeks".

Most of the cases are in the provinces of Cartago and San Josť.

Those most affected, according to the CCSS, are infants under one year of age and teens and adults between 15 and 39.

Up to January 28, the CCSS reports 419 people were hospitalized with respiratory complications.

Although there are no clear figures, the increase in cases include AH3N2 and AH1N1. In the case H1N1, the ministerio de Salud reports up 12 confirmed cases.

In January Salud reported five deaths - three from AH1N1, one from the seasonal virus and a 73 year old woman from San Carlos with Adenovirus, which infections most commonly cause illness of the respiratory system.

Seven people remain hospitalized to control the progress of these viral conditions.

Due the increase in cases the Ministerio de Salud and the CCSS recommend washing hands frequently and using alcohol gel and avoid contact with sick people.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 


 

 
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