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Cases: The Children's Hospital received 40 to 50 patients under five years with pneumonia , in three months. The Headquarters says the H1N1 pandemic virus , the only new , is that most affects the department of La Paz and there are four seasonal strains .
The Director of Children's Hospital , Cristhian Fuentes said yesterday that due to acute respiratory infections ( ARI), pneumonia cases increased 30 percent over previous years, the most affected are children under five years .
Sources said that between April and June, the hospital received each month between 40 and 50 patients with pneumonia. "The average care of this disease in the last eight years in the month of June was 38 patients , representing this year increased by 30 percent. "
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs , caused by fungi and bacteria and causes difficulty breathing, pain and even death if not treated.
The viruses that cause the flu can also cause a person to acquire this disease. The Director of the Hospital reported that the most vulnerable group is "the lesser of five years. "
Regarding the IRA , Fuentes also said that in June were recorded higher because there were nearly 100 reports rather than in May. "In the month of May we had 596 cases , and in June 697 patients with this disease . "
While acknowledging that the hospital has no records of July because the month ends today , said the number of patients fell in the second half .
Five strains of virus in Bolivia
According to René Barrientos , head of the Epidemiology Unit of the Departmental Service of Health ( Headquarters ), the country has four seasonal virus strains circulating especially in the winter time , when due to cold increase public attack .
" These viruses are influenza B, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV ), parainfluenza and the seasonal H1N1 viruses , which have always been in the country , and the only new strain is the one that arrived in the country last year, H1N1 pandemic virus . "
Barrientos also explained that all these strains cause the patient the same symptoms , with the difference that the pandemic virus has a short period of worsening of the picture, which shows, however, in patients with underlying conditions such as hypertension , Diabetes and others.
The other virus , he said, "may produce the H1N1 virus if it is not care. "
The epidemiologist said that of all those viruses , the greatest impact among the population are threefold. "Currently, the virus that is attacking more in the department of La Paz is the H1N1, and the rest of the country are type B influenza and RSV , which affects children under five and elderly people . "
There are five more cases of H1N1 influenza
The Ministry of Health states that within 24 hours H1N1 flu cases increased from 49 to 54, ie there are five new cases, all in the department of La Paz. The most vulnerable group is the producer , ie between 20 and 49.
According to the bulletin of the Ministry of Health, the five new cases of influenza were reported in the department of La Paz , which has infected 42 , 28 in the city of La Paz and 14 in El Alto.
Also include one in Tarija , six in Santa Cruz , two in Trinidad (Beni ) and three in Cochabamba.
René Barrientos , head of the Epidemiology Unit of the Departmental Service of Health ( Headquarters ) , agrees that the group most affected is productive , ie that is in the age range of 21-49 years.
" That population is the one that works and is in constant contact with other small groups . "
The report of the Ministry indicated that within the new population is infected with a case of a pregnant woman.
Regarding this case, Nelson Morales , head of the National Programme Moto Mendez said that this is a 12-week pregnant woman who is being treated with Tamiflu, an antiviral.
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO ), the risk is higher in pregnant women, why antiviral therapy , if infected, must be under strict control. In this context , Morales recommended that the most effective form of prevention is by vaccination.