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Influenza infection rates in Latvia up 38.8%

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU221 new influenza infection cases were registered in Latvia’s healthcare institutions last year. With that, the average infection rate is 216.3 cases per 100,000 residents. This means influenza intensity has increased by 38.8% in Latvia.

Compared with the week before, the number of people coming to doctors with complaints about other acute upper respiratory tract infections has increased by an average of 7.5%. A reduction has only been noted in the age group above 65 years, according to information from the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

The number of cases when residents turned to hospitals with pneumonia has increased by 2.3% (29.4 cases per 100,000 residents). The highest infection rate is noted among children of under 4 years old. A notable increase is also noted for people older than 65.

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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