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Respiratory diseases have killed two people in Cali
Two deaths so far this year by H1N1 and an increased incidence of respiratory diseases in the city turned on the alarm of the Ministry of Health Cali.
Health officials said this increase is due to epidemiological strong winter season impacts to the region, leaving in the first quarter of the year 59,291 cases of Cali affected by the disease, 800 more than reported in the same period of 2010.
Cali Epidemiology Department said the number of people dying from these diseases in the first quarter of fourteen years is a figure similar to previous years.
Alejandro Varela, Secretary of Health of Cali, said the number of visits in the city increased nearly 10% in the last month because of these diseases.
"So it's important not to let down our guard and take all the cleaning measures such as washing hands and not going to crowded places when you are with the flu", he added.
The respiratory diseases are more common, seasonal flu, pharyngitis, laryngitis, common cold, bronchitis and pneumonia.
According to the Ministry of Health most affected are children and older adults, which reported 70% of the total cases. Delicate Paola, an epidemiologist at the Health Ministry said that so far this year have been diagnosed in the city nine cases of H1N1 flu."Two were fatal and occurred in women who came from abroad with the disease.
Both had over 44 years. But I can say is a much lower figure than the one presented last year when there were 20 cases in the first three months of the year, "she added.
For his part, Miguel Korgi pediatrician, Imbanaco Medical Center, noted that consultations for respiratory issues in children have increased in recent days. "Ten cases treated, eight are by these diseases and this is due to the constantly changing climate of the city," he said.
María Elena Arizmedi, a respiratory therapist at the University of Valle, said that the sensitivity of this situation is that respiratory diseases are mutating and becoming resistant to over the years.
"That's why colds are becoming stronger. In the case of children it is wise to vaccinate against influenza each year to mitigate any effects of this disease, "he said Arizmendi.