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Influenza infection rates decline in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 167 influenza infection cases were registered in Latvia’s healthcare institutions last week – an average of 163.5 cases per 100,000 residents. With that, influenza intensity in Latvia has reduced by an average of 24.4%.

Compared with last week, the number of cases when patients turned to healthcare institutions with complaints about other acute upper respiratory tract infections has reduced by an average of 6.1%.

The number of cases when residents turned to hospitals and other healthcare institutions with complaints regarding pneumonia had reduced by an average of 6.7% (27.4 cases per 100,000 residents). The highest influenza infection rate is noted for children aged 4 and lower. Reduction in influenza infection rates in this group has nevertheless declined significantly. Unfortunately, infection rates have only increased over the course of the week, according to information from the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

DPCC 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.

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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