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51 die in Latvia from complications caused by influenza

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatest information from the Disease Prevention and Control Centre show that in the past two weeks influenza infection cases did not exceed 100 cases per 100,000 residents in any of the monitored regions in Latvia. With that, SPKC announces the end of the influenza epidemic.

National Health Service reminds that the end of influenza epidemic also means the end of state-financed family doctor home visits to patients suffering from influenza. This does not apply to residents who are provided with constant paid family doctor visits (children under the age of 18, Group I invalids and other patient groups).

This year, influenza epidemic began at the end of January. Maximum infection rate was reached at the beginning of February. Although experts had noticed different influenza group viruses during the epidemic, the most active one had been A Type influenza viruses. In 2009, influenza epidemic had been affected the most by A/H1N1 virus, which had impacted residents of the age 15 – 64. Compared to 2013 and 2014, this year’s influenza epidemic in Latvia was the most severe.

According to the latest information, 51 people have died from different complications during this year’s influenza season.

Epidemiologists emphasize: the announcement of the end of the influenza epidemic does not mean the risk of getting influenza is over – new infection cases were registered in Daugavpils, Jekabpils, Jurmala, Riga and Ventspils last week. 58 patients with influenza and 13 patients with pneumonia were hospitalized.

Epidemiologists remind that influenza is especially dangerous for small children, pregnant women, seniors and residents whose immune system is weakened.

Influenza is an infectious disease. It differs from other acute respiratory diseases with the fact that it can cause serious complications and even death. Deaths caused by influenza are most common for people aged 60 and older. Experts remind residents to be especially careful during the influenza season (which typically lasts for 8 – 12 weeks in Latvia): avoid visiting crowded places, stay indoors as much as possible, dress appropriately for the weather, keep rooms clean and follow simple rules of personal hygiene. It is also a good idea to rinse throat and nose with chamomile, calendula or other herbal tea or salt water after coming home from work or a walk.

Flu starts suddenly with fever up to 39-40 degrees, headache, deep ache in the bones and muscles, a dry cough. It can also have serious complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, myocarditis, etc.

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