The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The death toll from influenza A in Costa Rica this year rose to nine, with a total of 120 people have been hospitalized, sources said from the Ministry of Health.

The doctor Henry Wasserman, Surveillance department of the Ministry of Health, told reporters that nine people have died and that the latest fatality is an adult community Naranjo, Alajuela Province, in the center of the country.

Most of those killed by the H1N1 virus had risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, respiratory or heart disease, among others.

Health authorities of Costa Rica have asked people for extreme hygiene, especially washing of hands, to prevent spread of influenza A.

Also recommend seeing a doctor if severe symptoms of flu, avoid places of great crowds of people in the event of being sick, and apply the correct protocol for sneezing and coughing in order not to spread the virus.

According to official data, in 2012 there were five deaths from influenza A, in 2011, two, while between 2009 and 2010, when the disease was declared a pandemic in Costa Rica killed 50 people.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica