93% of cities in Brazil register high flu cases, highlights survey

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The increase in cases of Covid-19, due to the advancement of the Ômicron variant, and the outbreak of Influenza in Brazil reached practically all regions of the country.

A survey by the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM), released this Friday (14), indicates that 93.9% of Brazilian cities have registered a ‘worrying’ increase in people with flu syndrome in recent weeks. The data were compiled between January 10 and 13, based on the response of 1,800 municipalities.

Although the Influenza outbreak also caused an increase in flu cases, it was the new variant of Covid-19 that most affected Brazilian cities. According to the survey, 83% of the country’s municipalities guarantee that contamination by coronavirus has grown in the last three weeks.

When asked about the cases of H3N2 flu, 61% say that infections have also increased, while 28% say no.

“The high number of cases of both viral diseases since the last week of last year is impressive. We need to be vigilant and continue vaccinating, because it is taking effect, the number of deaths is under control. Both diseases are serious, but Influenza in epidemiological numbers is far below Covid-19, I have no doubt about that”, highlights Celso Ramos, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).

Finally, the research also shows that the increase in cases of Covid-19 is already impacting the health network of at least 25% of Brazilian municipalities. According to the CNM survey, one in five cities in the country already have a low stock of rapid tests for the detection of the new coronavirus.

The same is true of drugs used to fight the H3N2 flu. The study reveals that the two main drugs used to treat Influenza, Oseltamivir and Tamiflu, are in short supply in almost 30% of the country’s cities.

Reference: CNN Brasil

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