YEREVAN, February 27. /ARKA/. Ten people infected with H1N1 virus are in Yerevan hospitals now, Ara Asoyan, the city chief infectious disease specialist, said in an interview with ArmNews TV Channel.
He said it is difficult to point out precise figures, since as a rule, people prefer to be treated at home and consult a doctor only in the event of complications, such as pneumonia.
Asoyan said that the figures coming from hospitals give grounds for speaking about tenfold decrease in H1N1 infection rate, compared with 2009 and 2010.
He said that less than three years have passed after the pandemic. That is why the bulk of the country’s population has immunity from this virus, and this weakens symptoms of the disease.
The chief specialist called on people to consult a doctor if temperature doesn’t subside on the fourth day of the illness.
He also said that everybody who wants will be provided with necessary medicaments for free.
Asoyan refrained from saying whether schools and kindergartens will be closed or not, if H1N1 infection rate rise. He only said that the health ministry monitors attendance rate at education establishments.
“Now the number of the absent children because of illness is far from the benchmark set – only if the rate goes higher than the benchmark, the government orders closure of kindergartens and schools,” Asoyan said in his televised interview.
According to the World Health Organization, H1N1 pandemic has already lost its 2009 strength and is now considered as 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 in neighboring Georgia alone. -0-