October 21st, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) – So far there are 18 confirmed cases of a strain of influenza B, known as the most mortal flu strain in Costa Rica.
One patient, a woman, could barely speak when upon arriving at a community health center. The virus had attacked her respiratory system.
The woman is now under constant supervision with a doctor in her “Ebais” (local community health center), as doctors attempt to prevent her condition from worsening.
Four people have already died this month due to the deadly flu.
Health authorities have found that the victims of this flu strain tend to be younger people, without pre-existing conditions that would make them more susceptible.
Cases of the flu strain have been registered in San Ramon, Limon, Grecia and Guapiles.
The Health Ministry sent samples of the virus to the United States, in order to confirm whether or not the vaccine that is being applied in the country will protect against the strain.
Symptoms to be aware of are: very high fever, difficulty breathing, asthma-like symptoms, and prolonged flu or cold-like symptoms.
According to the World Health Organization, most countries in the tropical zones are seeing a decrease in influenza infections, with the exception being Costa Rica.