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Wednesday, August 27 2014 @ 05:06 AM EDT

2 Year Old Admitted To Children's Hospital in Panama With H1N1 Flu

HealthcareA two-year-old was admitted to the Children's Specialty Hospital with symptoms of severe respiratory infection, and became one of the two confirmed cases of H1N1 influenza in Panama. In a statement, the Social Security Fund (CSS) reported that of 9 cases identified, 7 are probable and 2 are confirmed, among them that of the minor. With the emergence of these cases, the CSS authorities strengthened preventive measures, including suspension of staff holidays, and they are now treating these patients in a special area, outside of the emergency department. Authorities also recommended, in the face of increased cases of respiratory diseases that occur in our country during the rainy season, that people should take preventive measures.

Some of the suggested measures are to avoid direct contact with those who are sick or who have fever and cough. Wash your hands frequently. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing with a tissue, wear masks and avoid kissing and greetings with people with flu symptoms. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: The H1N1 flu caused the pandemic in 2009. This particular flu can make you very sick with complications, relatively quickly. Starts with regular flu symptoms, but what kills you is pneumonia as a viral or bacterial complication. Global health officials don't know how many people actually died during the 2009 pandemic - but their estimates range from 8,000 low to 18,000 high. Estimates of the total number of people who were infected ranged from 43 million to 89 million, so the mortality rate was relatively low. In any case, get a flu shot.

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