Wednesday , August 10 2022

Three dangerous types of flu will come to Ukraine


The Singapore strain will prevail in the epidemiological picture of this season.

This winter in Ukraine there will be three strains of the influenza virus, which are dangerous for children and the elderly. This is mentioned in the Apostrophe material.

According to the Department of Health, these are two strains of type A: H1N1 Michigan, Singapore H3N2, and a Colorado strain B. The most dangerous of them call the strain of the Singapore virus.

"It has high variability and often causes complications, primarily severe pneumonia in children, pregnant women, the elderly and chronic illnesses," explains the infectious medical doctor, managing partner of Healthportal Andrei Osadchy.

It is clear that Singapore will prevail in the epidemiological picture of this season. Two other strains – Michigan and Colorado – will be less common in Ukraine, but they are also capable of causing significant health damage. "Singapore in the United States last year caused an intense increase in incidence and a large number of deaths among the elderly. It is dangerous for its complications, especially for the elderly with chronic pathology.

First among complications is pneumonia, plus chronic patients cause complications of its disease, said Alla Mironenko, head of respiratory infection and other viral infections at the Institute of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases of the National Academy of Medical Sciences.

At the same time, two other strains of influenza should also not be reduced. "Michigan is a type of swine flu characterized by a severe course and primarily affects the active part of the population aged 25-50, it is very dangerous for pregnant women and for children," notes Andrei Osadchy. According to Alla Mironenko, Michigan is no longer new to Ukraine.

"Michigan has already partially circulated in the previous season unless young children who have never met the virus subtype can suffer, but will not get mad," she adds.

A strain of the Colorado virus is a dangerous complication and chronic diseases of the upper respiratory tract, the lungs. But last year's influenza pathogen belonged to the Victorian genetic branch, including Colorado. Another thing is that it has changed somewhat, but we do not expect this year to have the causal agent of the victory branch again.

There may be individual cases, but certainly will not predominate ", – summed up Alla Mironenko.

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