YEREVAN, February 28. /ARKA/. Number of people with acute respiratory infection (ARI) has grown sharply, almost by 1.4 times, in Armenia, according to the monitoring carried out by the country’s ministry of health.
Some 3,579 cases and 5,033 cases were recorded on February 11-17 and February 18-24 respectively, the press service of the ministry of health reported.
Number of medical emergency calls with ARI complaints has also gone up.
Today there are 152 people with ARI and 46 with mild form of pneumonia in hospital in Armenia’s regions. The respective numbers of people under treatment in Yerevan is 300 and 109.
Some 20 patients are currently in moderately severe conditions under intense therapy in Yerevan hospitals, due to late diagnosis and treatment.
In February about 210 laboratory tests were carries out: H1N1 type A was found in 64 samples and type B in 21 samples.
Complications of the diseases are recorded particularly among vulnerable groups, such as people with concomitant diseases, pregnant women, children, and etc, according to the report.
The ministry of health care that if required, people are provided with the necessary anti-virus medicaments in out-patient clinics and hospitals for free. Monitoring is carried out in schools and kindergartens to find out reasons for absence.
According to the World Health Organization, H1N1 pandemic has already lost its 2009 strength and is now considered season flu.
The WHO says flu-rate is now quite high in many of European and South Caucasus countries. As many as 12 people died from the flu in neighbouring Georgia alone. -0-