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Influenza epidemic begins in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUInfluenza infection rates had reached 136.9 cases per 100,000 residents last week, according to influenza and other acute respiratory infection monitoring data. With that, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the beginning of an epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 26 January.

Influenza infection cases have also been registered in Liepaja and Jurmala. On average, infection rate intensity in Latvia is 61.6 cases per 100,000 residents. Influenza infections have been noted in all age groups, but the highest rates have been noted in groups younger than 4.

DPCC reminds that influenza is especially dangerous for children, pregnant women, seniors and residents with weakened immune system.

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.

National Health Service reminds that during influenza season in Latvia the state budget finances family physician home visits to influenza patients. These patients only have to pay a patient’s fee of EUR 2.85 for such visits. Children under the age of 18, first group invalids, poor, politically repressed and several other social groups don’t have to pay the patient’s fee.

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