Influenza Epidemic in Burgas from January 12 to 17 – In Two Weeks it might Cover all Regions of Bulgaria
The regional crisis headquarters in Burgas decided to declare a flu epidemic in the entire region from January 12 to 17.
The reason is the increased number of patients with acute respiratory diseases and influenza.
The measures envisaged to limit the spread are:
- Planned consultations of pregnant women and infants are suspended.
- Hospital visits are suspended.
- Pupils and students throughout the district are switching to online learning.
- A daily filter is introduced in kindergartens.
- The disinfection of public places is being intensified.
Angel Kunchev: In two weeks, the flu will cover all regions of the country
“The incidence of influenza in some regions of our country is growing rapidly. Today, the regional headquarters in Burgas announced an epidemic. Cases are growing in Pazardzhik, Varna, Lovech, Shumen. The situation is dynamic and it is not known who will be the next region to declare an epidemic. Within two weeks, the flu will cover all regions.” This was stated at a media briefing by the Chief State Health Inspector, Prof. Angel Kunchev.
According to him, unlike other years, the wave started from the east and not from the big cities. Cases in Sofia are relatively low in number. “Of course, there is an increase, but they are far from epidemic levels”, said Prof. Kunchev.
He expects that tomorrow Pazardzhik will also declare a flu epidemic.
“It has rarely happened that all regions in Bulgaria are in an epidemic and a national epidemic is declared. Probably those who enter first - such as Pazardzhik, Varna, Shumen, Gabrovo and Lovech, will have already come out of the epidemic.”
Prof. Kunchev also said that this year's epidemic started earlier. There is a parallel circulation of "Victoria" and "Darwin" flu. There are also the first isolations of influenza virus type B. It rarely has the capacity to lead and cause an epidemic, the chief health inspector said.
Anti-epidemic measures are being taken in relation to medical institutions, postponement of immunizations, the work of children's and women's consultations, a ban on visits to hospitals, limited to events of a public nature where many people gather.
The readiness of the medical institutions must be relatively high, said Prof. Kunchev.
In Sofia, there is no problem with providing beds for children. Additional beds will be opened in Pazardzhik.
Kunchev stated that children should not self-medicate, but should seek medical help.
Regarding the educational process, this should be decided by the Ministry of Education and Culture, he added.
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