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According to Secretary of Health, from the beginning of the year were registered 266 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome in the city

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The Municipal Secretary of Health confirmed on Thursday (6), the occurrence of a death from influenza A (H1N1) in Curitiba. According to the department, the death of a child of six months, took place on May 31.

The director of the Center for Epidemiology, Moacir Pires Ramos, said that since the beginning of the year were recorded in Curitiba 266 cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome by various infectious agents, "frequency that is within the epidemiological pattern expected for the time of year." Of these, four cases were influenza (flu), two by the H1N1 virus.

This is a time of year when there is increased occurrence of respiratory diseases, said Moacir Pires Ramos. According to him, in the first two months of the year, 8% of cases in municipal public health are related to this type of disease. The percentage goes up gradually as the cold approaches, and is currently 21%. Percentages are expected for a city like Curitiba and are within the historical average, says the director.

The guidance is for any person with flu symptoms quickly look up a health service. The warning signs are fever above 38 degrees, acute onset (which is already high), cough or sore throat. Muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, and runny nose may appear attached to that frame. Very young children may possibly have difficulty breathing and less fever. In elderly who may also have little fever, another signal can be confusion.

For doctors, the guidance is to prescribe the drug commercially known as Tamiflu Oseltamivir for treatment of influenza every frame.

Since 2009, when there was a flu epidemic in Brazil, Curitiba adopted the prescription of Tamiflu as a therapeutic early. This initiative makes all the difference because we realized that the majority of deaths from respiratory problems due to colds untreated or treated late, says Moacir Pires Ramos.

With information from the News Agency of the City of Curitiba

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