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. --BERNAMA EE