The information contained within this update is obtained from data provided by Ministries of Health of Member States and National Influenza Centers through reports sent to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) or updates on their web pages.
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- In South America, Bolivia and Colombia reported an increasing trend of acute respiratory disease.
- In Central America, Honduras and Panama reported increasing trends in acute respiratory disease. Panama reported high intensity of acute respiratory disease and moderate impact on health care services for the second consecutive week. Costa Rica reported a steady increase in confirmed pandemic influenza cases during the last three EWs.
- In the Caribbean, Guyana reported a steady increase in the number of ILI outpatient consultations, from EW 24 to 26
- In North America, acute respiratory disease activity remained low.
- The respiratory viruses circulating in Central America and Caribbean are diverse, with different predominance of influenza viruses (H1N1 pandemic, seasonal influenza A H3N3 and influenza B) in each country.
- 7 new confirmed deaths in 4 countries were reported; in total there have been 8,523 cumulative confirmed deaths in 28 countries of the Region