30 March, 2011

H1N1 on the Rise in Venezuela and Varicella in the Ukraine

Swine Flu Overwhelms Venezuela
Today, the Venezuelan government confirmed 415 cases of H1N1 influenza in Venezuela. This is twice as many cases as there were last week, meaning that the outbreak is quickly spreading throughout the country. Many schools such as ones in Mérida have closed in order to prevent the further spread of the disease. With about 900 other cases suspected in the country, public health officials recommend that Venezuelans get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Chickenpox in Ukraine
There have been many reports of children in nursery schools in Lviv, Ukraine having symptoms indicative of chickenpox. In one nursery, 10 children became ill, and an outbreak of chickenpox was declared. Chickenpox (varicella) is an acute viral infection transmitted by airborne droplets. Children most commonly affected are typically between the ages of 6 months and 7 years.

Из детских садов города Львова стали поступать сообщения от воспитателей и мам о том, что у детей появились все признаки ветрянки. В одном из садиков в группе заболели уже 10 детей. В этом детсаду врачи уже объявили об эпидемии ветрянки. Ветрянка (ветряная оспа) - острая вирусная инфекция, передающаяся воздушно-капельным путем. Заболевают ветрянкой, как правило, дети в возрасте от 6 месяцев до 7 лет.

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