Bulgaria: Flu Epidemic has been declared in Dobrich region
In connection with the increase in the incidence of acute respiratory diseases and influenza in the territory of the Dobrich region, a flu epidemic has been declared, and temporary anti-epidemic measures are being introduced for the period from January 20 to 25.
The districts in the country where an influenza epidemic has been declared are as follows: Dobrich (January 20-25), Plovdiv (January 19-30), Lovech (January 18-24), Pazardzhik (January 18-24), Gabrovo (January 18- January 24), Stara Zagora (January 17-23) and Shumen (January 13-18). As of January 19, the announced epidemic situation in the Shumen region is canceled.
Temporary anti-epidemic measures regarding the health system include: suspension of scheduled consultations of pregnant women and children, suspension of preventive examinations, mandatory immunizations and re-immunizations in outpatient care. Visits to medical institutions are also temporarily suspended. The conduct of a daily filter in children's facilities is being strengthened, and sick staff members are not allowed to work. Medical facilities should strictly comply with the requirements of Ordinance 3/08.05.2013 for the approval of a medical standard for the prevention and control of nosocomial infections, including strengthening access control for outsiders, wearing protective face masks, disinfection.
The educational process is suspended in the districts of Dobrich, Lovech, Pazardzhik, Stara Zagora for the relevant period indicated above.
The Ministry of Health reminds that compliance with non-pharmaceutical anti-epidemic measures such as wearing a protective face mask, frequent hand hygiene and maintaining physical distance is recommended - effective both to protect against COVID-19 and other airborne infections such as influenza and acute respiratory infections.
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