SC records 32 flu deaths in 5 months; see the victims’ profile

Santa Catarina recorded 32 deaths due to influenza (influenza) in the last five months, that is, between December 26 and last Thursday (28). In addition, 173 cases were confirmed in the state.

SC has 32 deaths due to influenza in 2022 – Photo: Shaw Rain / Unsplash / ND

As regards the epidemiological bulletin of the Dive / SC (Diretoria de Vigilância Epidemiológica de Santa Catarina), between 10 May and last Tuesday, Santa Catarina had an increase of three deaths in 21 days.

Until Saturday (28), 32 of the 173 reported cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) due to influenza had died, and 34% were over 80 years old.

In addition, 30 victims, i.e. 93.7%, had at least one comorbidity or risk factor. See profile:

* Correction: Ages updated according to last Saturday’s Lacen (Central Public Health Laboratory) database update.

Influenza cases in SC

According to the epidemiological bulletin from Dive / SC, updated last Tuesday (31), 12,475 reported cases of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) were hospitalized.

Of this total, 173 were confirmed as influenza, 171 as influenza A. In this group, 131 were classified as H3N2, two as H1N1 and 38 as non-subtyped. Two other cases were classified as influenza B.

Also, according to the Dive / SC bulletin, people over the age of 60 accounted for 40.5% of SARS cases confirmed by influenza. Then people between the ages of 50 and 59 show up with 13.9%.

See cases by age group:

Blumenau municipality has the highest number of influenza cases with 24. Then comes Florianópolis (15), São José and Lages (10 cases) and Palhoça (9) are the five cities with the most cases.

Santa Catarina has seven sentinel units (Chapecó, Concórdia, Criciúma, Florianópolis, Joaçaba, Joinville and São José), which have collected 967 samples over the last few months.

Of this, a total of 86 were positive for influenza, with 60 cases of seasonal influenza A / H3, 21 cases of non-subtype influenza A and five cases of influenza A (other).

ICU bed capacity

Until this Wednesday (1st), six of the seven children and babies waiting for an intensive care unit in Santa Catarina had breathing problems.

The panel of ICU beds provided by SUS shows that the current occupancy rate of pediatric and neonatal beds is 97%. The total occupancy rate is 96.9%. Of the 1,049 active beds in the state, 1,017 are occupied.

Occupancy rate of SUS ICU beds in SC & # 8211;  Photo: SES / Disclosure / NDOccupancy rate of SUS ICU beds in SC – Photo: SES / Disclosure / ND

The panel of ICU beds provided by SUS shows that the current occupancy rate of pediatric and neonatal beds is 97%. The total occupancy rate is 96.9%. Of the 1,049 active beds in the state, 1,017 are occupied.

Recommendations for virus protection

Dive / SC published a note with recommendations for protection against respiratory viruses. Among them is the use of masks.

The measure is part of a comprehensive strategy for individual and collective protection against respiratory infections, in particular Covid-19. The Agency emphasizes that proper use and disposal are essential to ensure its effectiveness and avoid the risk of infection.

In addition to the recommendation on the use of masks, other measures were cited to limit the development of respiratory diseases. Are they:

  • Promote vaccination against Covid-19 and influenza (influenza);
  • Ensure that premature infants and young children (under 2 years of age) with certain heart and lung diseases are registered by the municipal health departments to receive the drug Palivizumab as a way to prevent RSV infection (respiratory syncytial virus);
  • Test symptomatic cases for Covid-19, indicative isolation measures in relation to the identification of suspected cases, as well as contact tracing and quarantine;
  • Wash your hands often, use soap and water for at least 20 seconds so that small children can do the same. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based disinfectant or 70% alcohol gel;
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with non-disinfected hands;
  • Widespread practice of cough etiquette, covering mouth and nose with a napkin or with forearm when coughing or sneezing, throws tissue in the trash;
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that people often touch, such as toys, door handles and mobile devices.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people, avoid kissing or sharing cups, cutlery or personal items;
  • Avoid urban areas, and if this is not possible, keep a safe distance (at least one meter) from other people or groups of people, avoid removing the mask in these situations;
  • Keep the surroundings well ventilated, with doors and windows open, to allow the air flow in the places;
  • Guided the population so that it in the face of flu symptoms such as fever, cough, runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat and more. it is necessary to seek healthcare for diagnosis and treatment, use of the mask and avoidance of circulation in public spaces while remaining symptomatic.

See the epidemiological bulletin:

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