Alert due to increase in respiratory viruses in Colombia: during July there will be greater circulation of pathogens

Alert due to increase in respiratory viruses in Colombia: during July there will be greater circulation of pathogens
Alert due to increase in respiratory viruses in Colombia: during July there will be greater circulation of pathogens

The highest incidences, according to INS data, are occurring in these population groups considered to be at greatest risk – credit File Infobae

The National Institute of Health (INS) has issued an alert regarding the increase in the circulation of respiratory viruses that could affect the Colombian population in the coming weeks of July.

The changes in temperature and the increase in rainfall throughout the country as a result of climatic phenomena will mainly affect people living in capital cities and some municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants, where the largest increases are expected, the entity said.

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For this reason, the INS invited Colombians to continue and reinforce preventive and care measures during the remainder of the first respiratory peak of the year, which began at the end of May, and in view of the presence of the La Niña phenomenon, which is characterized by an increase in rainfall.

Additionally, he noted that children under five years old, Adults over 60 and people with diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer or kidney disease, They must reinforce preventive and self-care measures for the remainder of July. According to INS data, the highest incidences are occurring in these population groups considered to be at greatest risk.

The greatest growth in acute respiratory infections has been concentrated in capital cities or municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants – credit Ernesto Guzmán Jr./EFE

Although Covid-19 cases have decreased compared to the third week of June 2023, from 44.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 38.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, authorities stressed that mortality figures are still being recorded, of which 81.2% correspond to adults over 60 years of age.

According to data from the Public Health Surveillance System (Sivigila), during the respiratory peak that began in May 2024, the greatest growth in acute respiratory infection has been concentrated in capital cities or municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. For example, in the case of covid-19, Some of the most affected are Cajicá and Chía in Cundinamarca; Duitama and Sogamoso in Boyacá; y Mocoa in Putumayo and Leticia in Amazonas.

The most recent INS genomic surveillance analyses confirm the detection of the KP.2 covid variant in June – credit Ricardo Maldonado/EFE

At the departmental or district level, the highest incidences per 100,000 inhabitants are found in Bogotá, Amazonas, Putumayo, Barranquilla and Cali. The most recent INS genomic surveillance analyses confirm the detection of the KP.2 covid variant in June, a lineage that, together with its subvariants, were declared under monitoring by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to health authorities, this new strain, which is circulating in 51 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil and Ecuador, among others, is not associated with a higher risk of severity or lethality compared to other circulating or previously reported strains, such as JN.1, which has been circulating in Colombia since January and is related to KP.2.

Authorities recommend that the population get vaccinated against both influenza and Covid-19 – credit Rober Solsona/Europa Press

The INS issued a series of recommendations to avoid respiratory diseases caused by climatic events and other respiratory viruses circulating in the environment; in this regard, it requested to take into account measures such as Frequent hand washing, the use of a mask or face covering in case of respiratory symptoms, review of the vaccination schedule and its update according to the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.

“The recommendation is to go to health services if there are warning signs such as difficulty breathing, fever that cannot be controlled, convulsions and loss of consciousness. In addition, we reiterate the importance of attending vaccination days and reinforcing protection measures especially in children under 5 years of age and older adults, in view of the return from mid-year vacations and the start of the school calendar,” said Giovanny Rubiano, general director of the INS.

Likewise, the director in charge of public health surveillance, Hernán Quijada, recalled the importance of people getting vaccinated against both influenza and COVID, avoiding crowds and sudden changes in temperature in the highest-risk populations.

 
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