Health officials in Puerto Rico reported their first influenza related fatality of the 2016-2017 flu season last week. Secretary of the Department of Health, Ana Armendariz Ríus said Thursday, “The flu season started very active and last week and
we reported our first death.”
To date, Puerto Rico has reported a total of 1344 influenza cases this year, with 61 reported in the past week. Of this total, 83 people required hospitalization for their illness.
Health officials did not specify as to what is the predominant strain circulating.
Sec. Ríus Armendariz emphasized the importance of frequent hand washing to combat influenza, “Washing our hands with soap and water constantly and consistently is a key element to limit the spread of the virus. In addition, it benefits our health in general.”
She went on to suggest that parents include hand-sanitizers in the backpacks of their children as school has begun. If you feel ill, don’t go to school or work and to cover your mouth and nose with the inside of the elbow or a tissue if you cough or sneeze.
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