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Health Ministry reports rise in number of influenza cases in Peru

Photo: Sisol

Photo: Sisol

15:02 | Lima, May. 12.

The National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) of the Ministry of Health (Minsa) on Thursday reported that, until the last week, 1,594 cases of Influenza A (H3N2) were reported nationwide.

In a press release, the CDC stated that 174 cases of Influenza A (H3N2) have been reported between epidemiological weeks (EW) 16 and 18.

The regions with the highest number of cases are Lima (57; 32.8%), Ayacucho (35; 20.1%), and Piura (22; 12.6%).

Other regions where Influenza A (H3N2) cases have been reported during this season of low temperatures are La Libertad (12), San Martin (12), Huancavelica (9), Cusco (9), Cajamarca (8), Amazonas (3), Arequipa (2), Junin (2), Callao (1), Ucayali (1) and Moquegua (1).

In addition, one Influenza A (H3N2)-associated death was reported at a unit of the Peruvian Army.

It should be pointed out that adults are the most affected population, representing 26.4% of the cases reported.

In this regard, the institution reported that, following the Influenza A (H3N2) outbreak in the country, a weekly situational report is being published here.

In this sense, it encouraged the population to continue participating in the influenza and pneumococcus vaccination campaign, following the regular vaccination schedule.

Epidemiological surveillance

Minsa's National Center for Epidemiology, Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) noted that it is strengthening training and sampling procedures, as well as the management of cases of flu syndrome and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) throughout the country, through influenza sentinel epidemiological surveillance sites.

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Publicado: 12/5/2022