Swine Flu, Update 2: Outbreak in Chile?

I have no time these days to spent in my blog (because I’m writing my PhD research project), but I have to say something about the Swine Flu outbreak in Chile.

Last Friday, officially, Chile was free of Swine Flu cases. The Health authorities reported no cases confirmed in Chile, and all the safety measures had worked. Chile has only one International Airport, so the control of arrival is easy.

However, Saturday night, we find out about the first confirmed case. One woman, who travelled to Central America, became infected. Also, another woman who travelled with the first infected. On Sunday, we had three cases. The measures were to contact to all the passengers from the respective flight, above one hundred people. And that’s was the beginning.

The most disturbing situations was about to come. One children was reported as positive to AH1N1 virus. The case is interesting to molecular virologists and medical doctors in Chile: the children did not travelled outside Chile, neither anybody in his family. The parents told to the press that the boy did not established contact with any peopel who could be suspect of being infected. And, even more, the boy recovered in his house, without specific treatment. The press quickly renamed the boy as “Super Clemente”.

Despite the state of Clemente, several children became infected in a school in Vitacura, a well established and wealthy place in Santiago. And, in less than 72 hours, Chile has eleven cases confirmed, most of them children. Some of this children are students of the same school of Clemente. Some of them are students from schools near the Clemente’s school, and this is disturbing because the virus is infecting quickly to the population. Today, some schools are closed, and the Health authorities are expecting to have more confirmed cases in the next hours.

According to WHO (Report #34), Chile is the country in the 11th place in number of cases confirmed, following USA (5815), Mexico (3648), Canada (496), Japan (261), Spain (111), UK (102), Panama (71), France (16), Germany (14) and Colombia (13). However, Chile achieved these 11 cases in just 72 hours. Santiago is one of the cities with the highest pollution in the world, and every winter we have thousands of people infected with seasonal viruses and several deaths. That makes the Chilean scenario more dangerous that we think.

Note added on proof: just a few hours after I published the previous post, the number of positive cases in Chile increased from 11 (at 09:00 am) to 24 (published at 20:00).

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3 Responses to “Swine Flu, Update 2: Outbreak in Chile?”


  1. 1 Alejandro May 21, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    all the more good reason to stay home writing…

  2. 2 Margaret May 30, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Pablo was kind enough to do an interview on the subject that is now available at: http://cachandochile.wordpress.com/2009/05/29/ah1n1-in-chile-a-scientists-perspective/

  3. 3 online stock trading guru January 10, 2010 at 11:15 pm

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