Flu Outbreak Hits at Least Five States

Influenza cases are high in Rondônia, Bahia, Espírito Santo, SP and Rio

After Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, other states and capitals have raised the alert for an unusual increase in flu cases. With the demand high for health facilities, they have opened exclusive spaces for these patients and have mobilized vaccination.

This is the case at least in Espírito Santo and the cities of Salvador (BA) and Porto Velho (RO), which confirmed the growth in cases this Wednesday (15th). In these places, however, there are still no records of an increase in serious cases and deaths.

In Porto Velho, the Municipal Health Department stated that it will provide seven units with specific rooms to treat flu symptoms, with tests to detect the cause and the referral of serious cases. The municipality was unable to inform the number of registered cases because the computerized system has been down for five days. In Salvador, the Municipal Health Department confirmed the existence of an outbreak of the H3N2 influenza virus, associated with the epidemic that emerged in Rio. The capital of Bahia recorded 109 cases of the disease in 2021, 106 of which were notified between the end of November and beginning of December.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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