Caja urges basic health care to avoid the current wave of flu

Health workers have confirmed an increase in serious cases of respiratory infection caused by the influenza viruses. They said that there were confirmed cases in San Miguel de Desamparados, Aserrí, Curridabat, Goicoechea, Pavas, Paraíso and Orosí de Cartago and Los Santos.

The increase is not unusual during this time of year, said the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. However, the Caja’s Unidad de Salud Colectiva urged that individuals take basic precautions to avoid infection, such as hand-washing.

The viruses are the H1N1 and the H3N2.

The Caja announcement noted that children and persons with
chronic illnesses are the most vulnerable to the viruses.

Three persons, including one with a chronic illness, have died in the last few days due to the viruses, said the Caja. Four more persons are in intensive care, according to the report released Friday.

The Caja urged persons with a temperature of 38 degrees C (about 100.4 F) or more and with difficulty breathing to go to the nearest clinic.

Also vulnerable are persons with asthma, diabetes, heart problems and children under 2 as well as pregnant women, obese individuals and seniors, said the Caja.

The Caja said it had enough medicine for the current flu wave.

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