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Influenza intensity continues to decline in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA total of 125 influenza infection cases were registered in Latvia last week – an average of 120.4 cases per 100,000 residents. One week before, on the other hand, the number of influenza cases was 173. With that, the intensity of this disease has reduced by an average of 28.9%.

Compared with last week, the number of patients who turned to healthcare institutions with complaints about other acute upper respiratory infections has increased 0.8%, according to information from the Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

The number of patients who turn to healthcare institutions with complaints about pneumonia has increased 13.5% (average of 28.9 cases per 100,000). The highest pneumonia infection rate is registered for children younger than 4. Infection rates have also gone up for children aged 5-14 and residents aged 15-64.

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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