March 7, 2021

Influenza deaths rise in 36 in Panama

The number of deaths from the influenza virus in Panama so far this year has risen to 36, the last one an older adult (64 years old) from the western province of Chiriquí, said the Health Ministry on Friday.

According to the reports of the Epidemiological Surveillance System of the Ministry of Health, with this case there are 36 deaths from influenza viruses, of which 35 victims are native cases and one imported.

The regions with the highest number of deaths from influenza are the Ngäbe Buglé region, the provinces of Chiriquí, Coclé and the capital.

Health authorities reiterated this Friday that prevention is the most effective barrier against influenza, and urged the vulnerable population to go vaccinate at their nearest health facility, be it the Ministry of Health or the Social Security Fund (CSS) ).

Patients with respiratory problems (asthma), obstructive pulmonary diseases, children under 5, pregnant women, those over 60 and people with chronic diseases belong to the vulnerable population.

The authorities also recalled that influenza vaccines are applied free of charge.

Last week, lots of influenza vaccines managed through the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) arrived in the country.

Health officials also recommended this Friday to maintain hygiene measures to prevent the spread of the virus, such as handwashing that must be constant.

The symptoms of influenza can be fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, and in children the disease can cause otitis media, nausea and vomiting.

Influenza lasts between 3 and 7 days but can complicate and cause viral pneumonia, bronchiolitis, trigger bacterial pneumonia, sinusitis or otitis media, according to health information.

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