As of today, the Ministry of Health has confirmed 226 cases of the H1N1 strand of influenza in El Salvador. In the last couple of months, these numbers have continued to rise in El Salvador where the rainy season is just beginning. In the last 48 hours, the ministry has confirmed 31 more cases. In one hospital in San Jacinto, the doctor, Miguel Navarro, said that the number of flu patients has increased about 20% since the end of April.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently labeled the virus as a pandemic. Worldwide, there have been at least 59,814 cases of H1N1, 263 deaths, and 113 countries affected.
The virus has been most widespread in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, but there have also been cases in Europe and Asia.
Schools throughout El Salvador have closed due to H1N1. However, many have reopened. On June 25, La Prensa Grafica reported that at least ten public schools and six private schools had been closed because of the virus. 36 education centers have been affected by H1N1.
Julio Armero, the chief of the Health Surveillance Unit has said that within the 11 most affected municipal areas, the majority of cases are youth between the ages of 10 and 19.
Also, there has been an increase from last year’s rate of dengue fever in the western part of the country. Last year at this time, there were only 131 cases confirmed in Ahuachapán, Sonsonate, and Santa Ana, but this year there have been 208.
photo from La Prensa Grafica