Monday, July 15, 2013

Perú: One Person Dies from Swine Flu, 46 Infected Thus Far This Year

According to The Latin American Tribune, one person has died and a total of 46 people have been infected with the AH1N1 swine flu virus in this year (2013), according to the Health Ministry. 

“At this time, we do not have an increase in AH1N1 cases” even though a man died at a hospital in Callao province, outside Lima, from the disease," Health Ministry director of epidemiology Martin Yagui said in a press conference on Saturday (July 13).

The decedent, who suffered from diabetes, asthma and cirrhosis, was considered to be in a high-risk group and died on July 9.

COMMENT: Perú has registered swine flu cases every year since 2009, when the disease first appeared in the country.

“There were 141 cases last year, 135 in 2011 and 46 so far this year. The majority (of the cases) were reported in Lima,” Yagui said.

People in high-risk groups, including adults over the age of 60 and children younger than 5, should be vaccinated against AH1N1 influenza.