PR government declares flu epidemic
The 14 fatal flu cases include two minors. The majority of the patients were women, with asthma and diabetes being the chronic conditions that caused complications in the deadly cases. The average of the deceased was 54.
Health Secretary Ana Ríus said the San Juan metropolitan area accounts for the bulk of flu cases overall, but added that 29 of the island’s 78 municipalities have a incidence of the virus above the epidemic threshold.
The epidemic declaration frees up the release of antivirus medications for high-risk populations including asthmatics, pregnant women, diabetics, and patients with liver, heart or kidney diseases, among other chronic conditions.
The medications will be available free of charge. The Health Department will also undertake an islandwide vaccination drive from Oct. 19-21.