CHILE CONFIRMS 33 DEATHS FROM H1N1
12 Jul 2013 11:19
SANTIAGO, July 11 (Bernama) -- Chile's Ministry of Health said Wednesday 33
people have died from the H1N1 Influenza A virus this year, with 12 deaths in
recent weeks due to an outbreak in the country's northern Tarapaca region.
However, Health Minister Jaime Manalich said the outbreak is under control
despite the latest figures, Xinhua news agency reported.
"Today it appears to be under control, I say this with extreme caution. In
epidemiologic week number 27, we do not have serious new cases," Manalich said
at a press conference.
"We just have three patients with the flu in the intensive care unit of the
hospital in Iquique town. Walk in consultations for the flu have fallen 25
percent from what we had before," Manalich said.
The H1N1 outbreak in northern Chile coincided with the appearance of other
seasonal flus during South America's winter season, alarming the general public
and sparking a massive vaccination campaign.
The average number of flu infections in the northern desert region has been
much higher than the rest of the country where there is a national average of 25
annual cases against 160 cases in Tarapaca.