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Serious Influenza (Flu) Outbreak Turns Lethal, June 2019

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Influenza kills four in Chiriqui

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THE Rafael Hernández hospital in David

Posted 18/06/2019

Four people, a 63-year-old, and three breastfeeding children died in  Chiriqui, after testing positive for influenza, which led to complications says the regional director of the Ministry of Health, Alcibiades Batista.

Batista confirmed that the elderly person, who died at the Rafael Hernández hospital in David, had not been vaccinated against influenza, tested positive and died of myocardial infarction.

The three minors, two boys and a girl, came from the Gnäbe Buglé region and gave positive results, and died in the Domingo de Obaldía hospital.

Batista said that the 80,000  vaccination doses that were destined for Chiriqui have been exhausted and the Ministry of Health was asked for more They sent a limited amount and it will only be applied to high-risk persons such as pregnant women, children and people who suffer from high-risk disease.

He said the death of adults and children who do not receive the flu vaccine is regrettable because it is free and seeks to prevent complications in the population especially the most vulnerable.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/influenza-kills-four-in-chiriqui

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Two infant deaths raise flu victims to 14

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Jose de Obaldia child and maternity hospital

Posted 20/06/2019

The death of two more infants in a Chiriqui hospital brings the total number of victims of the H1N1influenza virus  14,  six of them children.

The medical director of the Maternal Child José de Obaldia in Chiriquí, Jhony Parra confirmed that most of them had not been vaccinated.,

A nurse, also affected by influenza type AH1N1, remains in the critical care room of the Regional Hospital of David.

The medical director   said that as a result of the increase in  patients with influenza cases:    We are reiterating the call to the population to take extreme measures of security, including washing

hands, covering their mouths when sneezing,  and isolating sick relatives of the non-stick at home.

Visits at the hospital have been restricted He also said that Thursday, the restriction of visits to a single family in addition to increasing the security measures of medical, nursing and care personnel throughout the hospital.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/two-infant-deaths-raise-flu-victims-to-14

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9 dead, 11 critical with flu virus in Chiriqui

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Vaccination is free at all Panama health centers

Posted 24/06/2019

The death toll in Chirqui from the influenza virus AH1N1 climbed to nine, on Monday, June 24  with the death of a 47-year-old man,  the second adult victim.

On Sunday night, a baby died in the Maternal Infant hospital  José Domingo De Obaldía. in  David, capital of the province.

Both came from the Ngäbe Buglé region, according to the medical director of Health, Alcibiades Batista. He reiterated that in the critical rooms there are 11 affected patients, some with AH1N1 and also with other influenza viruses that are circulating. A nurse is among those in critical condition.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/9-dead-11-critical-with-flu-virus-in-chiriqui

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More flu deaths cut hospital patient visits

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Posted 28/06/2019

The National Cancer Institute (ION), announced on Thursday,June 28 that visits will be restricted ro one relative per due to the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) virus and other hospitals are following suit.

To date, the Ministry of Health (MINSA) has reported the death of more than 12 people, the last of them residents of Coclé with ages of 55, 79 and 91 years. and there are another 16 patients with influenza in that province.

Through social networks, the ION has called on  the population to comply with the basic preventive hygiene measures, to  reduce the risk  of acquiring influenza and other diseases, such as vaccination against influenza in health centers and clinics of the Social Security Fund.

In addition washing your hands often with soap and water or using alcohol gel, cover your mouth and nose, when sneezing or coughing (use disposable handkerchief, or the internal angle of the elbow to retain droplets ejected, avoid unnecessary contact, such as greeting kisses and handshaking and early  attention minimizes the risk of complications.

Minsa authorities recommend that visitors to health facilities should limit their time  within the infrastructures and refrain from visiting patients in hospitals.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/more-flu-deaths-cut-hospital-patient-visits

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HEALTH :Panama flu deaths climb to 23

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Posted 06/07/2019

THE NUMBER of Panama deaths due to the A (H1N1) influenza virus climbed to 23 by Friday. July 5  reports the Ministry of Health (Minsa)/

Deputy Minister of Health, Francisco Sucre, said that the victims are under five years of age and older adults with an immune system compromised by chronic disease.

Data from the Ministry’s Epidemiology center shows that the majority of cases are in the province of Chiriqui, with 14 deaths, 10 of them children and 4 of adults.

The authorities said that next week the Pan American Health Organization will send them half a million vaccines, which they requested to fight the flu.

In the  past administration, the ministry acquired 1.1 million vaccines.

The influenza vaccine must be applied every year, regardless of the date it was administered the previous year.

Currently, the types of influenza detected in the country with the highest incidence are A (H1 N1), AH3N2 and influenza type B.

The symptoms are similar to those of common flu: high fever, dry cough, headache and throat, nasal congestion, muscle aches, diarrhea, and vomiting, lasting about a week. It is recommended to go to the doctor if you are part of the most vulnerable groups of the population: children and older adults.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/health-panama-flu-deaths-climb-to-23-1

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Panama influenza death toll climbs to 29

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Posted 09/07/2019

Six deaths in the early part of the week have raised the  number of people killed in Panama to by the influenza virus to 29  

The announcement came on Tuesday, July 8 from Lourdes Moreno, head of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health.

Moreno stressed the importance of applying the flu vaccine, especially to children under five years of age and older adults.  

She said a new batch of vaccines will be received by the end of the month. 

The influenza vaccine must be applied every year, regardless of the date it was administered the previous year. 

Currently, the types of influenza detected in the country with the highest incidence are A (H1 N1), AH3N2 and influenza type B.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-influenza-death-toll-climbs-to-29

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Hospital reports lag as influenza death toll climbs to 33

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Posted 12/07/2019

Health Minister Rosario Turner Montenegro, confirmed on Wednesday, July 11 that the death toll from the  influenza virus  this year  has risen to 33, while criticizing hospitals that have  been slow in reporting  fatalities

“We believe in transparency and need for the population to have the information at the right time, that is why it is very important that all hospitals and health facilities make their report in the at the right moment so  that the Ministry of Health can develop all the necessary strategies to avoid preventable deaths,” she said.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/hospital-reports-lag-as-influenza-death-toll-climbs-to-33-1

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New batch of flu vaccine arriving as death toll reaches 34

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Posted 13/07/2019

AS THE influenza death toll in Panama rises to 34, the Ministry of Health (Minsa) reports that a new batch of vaccines against the virus will arrive in Panama on Thursday, July 18. The  500,000 dose consignment was requested through the Pan American Health Organization Priority will be given pregnant women, children under 5 years of age, people over 60 years of age, the chronically ill and health workers.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/new-batch-of-flu-vaccine-arriving-as-death-toll-reaches-34-1

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Panama influnza deaths reach 35 as new vaccines arrive

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Posted 19/07/2019

The number of deaths in Panama due to influenza in reached 25, on Wednesday, July  17 said Panama Health Minister, Rosario Turner, on Thursday after the arrival in the country of a batch of 100,000 vaccines that will be applied to those at most risk of contracting the virus.

The most recent death was in the last hours in the central province of Herrera, a person who suffered from diabetes and had not been vaccinated.

The Ministry stresses that as a preventive measure children under 5 years and adults over 60 who suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma, should be vaccinated.

On Wednesday, a batch of 100,000 vaccines arrived in the country and another 130,000  on Friday, managed through the Pan American Health Organization (WHO / PAHO

Panamanian health authorities have so far applied a total of 1.1 million vaccines.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/panama-influnza-deaths-reach-35-as-new-vaccines-arrive-1

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Influenza deaths among children and elderly reach 36

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Posted 25/07/2019

The number of deaths from the  A (H1N1) influenza virus has risen to 36  reports Panama’s Ministry of Health (Minsa).  The majority of the victims are children below  14 and adults above 65. Chiriqui is the province with most fatalities.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/influenza-deaths-among-children-and-elderly-reach-36

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Flu virus more virulent but responding to vaccine

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Posted 18/08/2019

The Gorgas Memorial Institute for Health Studies (Icges) submitted a cultured sample of influenza A (H1N1) virus to two parallel studies, which showed  that  although it is more virulent, with a greater capacity to cause severe symptoms, it still responds to the vaccine as a preventive measure and to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) as a treatment for those who contract the disease.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/health/flu-virus-more-virulent-but-responding-to-vaccine-1

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