Veracruz is among the first places with more confirmed cases and deaths from influenza. The General Directorate of Epidemiology (DGE) of the Ministry of Health has released its weekly report of the seasonal influenza season 2018-2019, which includes October through May.
"By the end of week 1 of 2019, 1,938 positive cases of influenza were confirmed: 1,621 cases of A (H1N1), 194 cases of B, 106 cases of influenza A and 17 cases of A (H3N2).
There were 143 deaths from influenza: 126 per A (H1N1), 9 per influenza B and 8 per influenza A, "he reported.
The ages most affected by this virus are 1 to 9 years, 40 to 49 years and more than 60 years, the majority of cases – with more than 80% – is type A (H1N1). 37% of the confirmed cases are in the states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, Mexico City, Chihuahua and Guerrero; while 44% of deaths are in the states of Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Sonora and Hidalgo.
In Veracruz, there were 12 deaths from influenza and 144 confirmed cases of influenza. Compared with last season, which was 2017 to 2018, cases have been increasing due to the fact that 81 confirmed cases have been registered and there are now 1,938 cases of influenza.
Regarding deaths from influenza is the second season with the highest number of deaths since 2010, in 2013-2014 there were 349 deaths from this virus and there are currently 143 deaths caused by influenza in Mexico.
"To date, the Institute for Diagnostic and Epidemiological Reference (InDRE) has not identified mutations related to antigenic changes or changes in the virulence or pathogenicity of the influenza virus. No viral resistance to oseltamivir has been identified," the report concluded.