Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia

July 5, 2012 BOLIVIAAn epidemic of H1N1 flu has infected almost 900 people and claimed 11 lives in Bolivia, health officials said Tuesday. Although most of the cases occurred in the last few weeks, the outbreak does not rise to the level of a national epidemic, officials said. “At the national level, the situation is under control. The most affected area is in the west,” Johnny Rada, director of the ministry of health’s epidemiology service, told AFP. According to official tallies, 873 cases have been reported across the country, of which 606 are in the western department of La Paz and 60 in the department just south of it, Oruro. There have also been 167 cases reported in the large eastern department of Santa Cruz, and 36 in central Cochabamba department. A health alert has been issued for La Paz and Oruro, which, according to Rada, will permit health workers to intensify preventative measures. Deputy Health Minister Martin Maturano also urged Bolivians to take precautions, such as eating well and frequently washing their hands. Bolivian authorities have not said whether the strain of the virus originated as swine or avian flu — in other words whether it first spread to humans from pigs or birds. In 2009, an H1N1 epidemic erupted in Mexico and spread into a worldwide pandemic that caused at least 17,000 deaths. Bolivia’s current outbreak has primarily affected young children, the elderly, and those whose systems are already weakened by illness or chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Eight of the deaths were identified in the department of La Paz department, while the remaining three were in the eastern department of Santa Cruz. –Terra Daily
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4 Responses to Concern grows over H1N1 outbreak in Bolivia

  1. Flagellation says:

    One little tweak of the RNA (not DNA) from the recent online revelation of the code and we’re going to wish it was Smallpox instead


  2. John says:

    The 1918 – 1920 Spanish Flu killed around 100 to 150 million people over a 3 year span. I understand that this bird flu is closely related to the Spanish flu of 1918. With today’s mobile society, any kind of biological outbreak could take off like a forest fire. If there is a significant outbreak in the world some place, I will not fly on a commercial airliner, because on commercial airliners you are sitting in a closed in environment with people from all around the world, and one of them could have some kind of deadly flu. The air is constantly be re-circulated on an airliner and I am not sure how well the filters work, but like everything else, things break down and malfunction.


  3. hilly7 says:

    Guess they’re trying to sell their vaccines in Bolivia now.


  4. Emanni says:

    Mexico destroys 1 million chickens for bird flu

    The country’s Agriculture Department says that 129 farms in the western state of Jalisco have been inspected. Flu was confirmed in birds at 24 of the sites, and tests continued on most of the rest. The farms in question have been placed under quarantine, the department said in a Tuesday press statement.

    Hong Kong Shuts Down Popular Bird Market After Detecting Deadly H5N1 Virus

    Hong Kong authorities said on Thursday that they closed a popular tourist spot where hundreds of caged birds were on display after detecting the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus in one of stalls of the Bird Garden. The agriculture, fisheries and conservation department said that the Yuen Po Street bird market in the city’s busy Mongkok district will be closed for 21 days starting on Thursday, July 5.

    Authorities shut down the area after the virus was detected in a swab sample collected from a cage holding an Oriental magpie-robin at a pet bird shop during the department’s routine avian influenza surveillance program.


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