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Chile´s MINSAL reports surge in respiratory virus spread nationwide

Santiago de Chile, May 29 (Prensa Latina) Chile's Health Ministry (MINSALl) on Wednesday reported an increase in respiratory virus circulation during this autumn season, especially type A influenza.

A balance of the epidemiological week (from May 19 to 25) showed that 61.7% of the cases detected correspond to this type A influenza; 21.4% to rhinovirus; 5.2% to adenovirus; 4.4% to parainfluenza and the rest to other agents.

Christian García, MINSAL´s Epidemiology Director, called on people belonging to risk groups to get vaccinated because this reduces the risk of contracting a serious illness.

At present, immunization against influenza reaches 67.8% of the target population, while coverage with nirsevimab (against the syncytial virus) reached 97.3% out of every 100 newborns and 76.3% out of infants under six months of age.