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Event: EP Epidemic
Number: 2018-000071
Country: BOL Bolivia
Location: Santa Cruz, La Paz, Beni, Pando, Chiquisaca, Oruro, Potosi
Date (YMD): 2018-5-22
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Comments: As of 24 April 2018 (epidemiological week EW 16), an unusual influenza outbreak with a predominance of A H1N1 and B viruses was reported in the department of Santa Cruz in Bolivia. The Bolivian Ministry of Health reported that as of 22 May 2018 (EW 20), there were 1,292 confirmed cases of influenza in the following departments: Santa Cruz (96%), La Paz (1.3%) and Beni (1%). At the national level, there are 24 confirmed deaths (fatality rate of 1.85%). The national territory has been on a red alert since EW 19. As of EW 20, the Santa Cruz Departmental Health Service (SEDES) reported 4,469 suspected cases, 1,249 positive cases and 23 deaths (with a fatality rate of 1.87%). This is the first time since 2009 that there have been more than 1,000 confirmed cases of influenza in Santa Cruz department.
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