Tuesday, June 09, 2009

AH1N1 flu virus cases in Costa Rica now at 93

(Photo:Reuters/Juan Carlos Ulate)(Inside Costa Rica) - The AH1N1 flu virus keeps on infecting more and more Ticos each day, with the total number of infected now at 93, according to the Health Minstry.

Health authorities said that the those between the ages of 20 and 29 and children up to nine years of age have been the most affected by the virus, representing 72 percent of the cases.

Health offcials are asking the population not to let down their guard, especially with the beginning of the rainy season, when the circulation of viruses is greater and with the increase in the common seasonal flu.

People should continue with a strict hygiene, covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing and washing hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching items like cellular phones, shopping cart handles at the supermarket and on a public bus.

Of the total number of cases, 58 are in San Jose; seven in Alajuela; 20 in Heredia; six in Cartago; and, two in Guanacaste.

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