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Swine flu spreading in Balkans

04. November 2009. | 09:18 09:44

Source: EMportal, SEtimes.com

In Romania, over the past week alone, 174 new cases of the H1N1 virus have been registered, bringing the total number to 555. Five schools have been closed. New cases reported in Serbia, FYROM, Bulgaria, Albania, Turkey, Greece, Slovenia. Death cases have been reported.

President of the Ministry of Health’s special working group for implementing the plan of activities before and during the flu pandemic Predrag Kon stated that 169 cases of infection with the type A flu virus (H1N1) have so far been registered in Serbia.  Minister of Health Tomica Milosavljevic stated that inoculation is the best preventive measure against the new type A flu virus (H1N1), affirming that the vaccine procurement procedure has been stepped up.In view of the epidemiologic situation in the country, Milosavljevic welcomed the decision of Minister of Education Zarko Obradovic to extend the school holiday to six days, because the new flu has already been confirmed in 35 cases among school children.

In Bulgaria meanwhile, authorities announced on Monday that a pregnant 30-year-old has died of the virus. The woman was initially diagnosed with sinusitis. This is the third death caused by swine flu in Bulgaria. Epidemics have been declared in 11 municipalities. Flu epidemic has been declared in 12 regions of Bulgaria, the Health Ministry said. No epidemic has been declared in Sofia, however, flu cases have been on the rise, the ministry specified. So far 15 schools have been shut. The proven flu fatalities in the country are four.

Another patient with swine flu was registered in FYRMacedonia. This is 22-year-old woman, university student in medicine in Bulgaria. the woman caught the virus while she was staying in Bulgaria. The total number of people infected with the A(H1N1) virus in FYRMacedonia reached 47. All of them have caught the flu while being abroad. The Commission on Pandemic declared it is possible for the number of patent to increase.

In Romania authorities banned all visits to hospitals Monday (November 2nd) to prevent the spread of swine flu. Over the past week alone, 174 new cases of the H1N1 virus have been registered, bringing the total number to 555. Five schools have been closed. So far, no deaths have been reported.

Greece confirmed six A (H1N1) deaths. The last victim is a 34-year-old man. Greece has confirmed three A (H1N1) death cases over the last 24 hours. Most of the infected with the new virus are between 10 and 19 years old. The scientists said in most of the cases the disease is taking its own course.

According to the National Institute of Public Health (IVZ), 282 swine flu cases have been confirmed in Slovenia so far. A woman died on Tuesday in what is the first swine flu-related death in Slovenia. The woman was admitted to the intensive care section of the Ljubljana UKC hospital on Friday, whereupon her condition deteriorated rapidly.

In Turkey, the death toll from the virus reached nine on Monday, more than doubling in less than 24 hours. The latest victims were a 65-year-old woman in Ankara and two girls, 13 and 4, who died in Istanbul and Sanlurfa. Authorities have launched a national campaign to vaccinate people against the virus, with priority given to health care workers and those who will travel to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage.

Albania also announced plans Monday to vaccinate the public against the virus. Groups most at risk will be given top priority including health care workers, patients with chronic diseases and pregnant women. The country's first cases of swine flu were reported in July.


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