Three killed by flu in past week

Over 90,000 cases of acute respiratory infections reported during the same period.

The morbidity of acute respiratory infections and flu is of average intensity at national level in Romania, three persons dying in the past week, the Health Ministry informs, being quoted by Mediafax.

“There are more cases in Iasi, Arad, Hunedoara and Prahova Counties and in Bucharest. The Counties in Moldavia are seeing a predominance of flu cases caused by the B strain,” the report authored by the National Centre for Disease Control reads.

Thus, on February 7-13 there were 97,474 cases of acute respiratory infections, 8.1 per cent more than the week before, nevertheless without surpassing the maximum levels expected. During the same period there were 104 cases of flu, out of a total of 298 since the start of the season (October 2010). According to the data issued by the Health Ministry, one person died in Prahova County, one in Ilfov County and one in Neamt County. Likewise, most cases of flu (21) were reported in Arad County where 19 persons were infected with the AH1N1 virus. Hunedoara reported 14 flu cases, all of them infections with the AH1N1 strain, followed by Iasi with 13 cases, all of them infections with the B strain. Of the total 104 cases of flu, 69 were AH1N1 infections.

The Health Ministry warns that given the restart of school it is very important for teachers to perform a triage at the start of each day in order to avoid the emergence of centres of contagion. Doctors warn that flu shots are the only efficient way to prevent flu infections and recommend them especially for persons that are part of high-risk groups.


Another seven cases of AH1N1 infections have been confirmed in Hunedoara County in the last 48 hours, taking the total number of cases there to 21, Mediafax informs. According to a press communiqué issued Thursday by the County’s Public Health Office (DSP), 13 of the 21 persons have been cured and seven are currently on anti-viral treatment. One man died last week within Hunedoara’s ‘Dr. Alexandru Simionescu’ Hospital. The patients infected with AH1N1 in Hunedoara County are all adults of both sexes and had no prior contact with each other.

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