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Cablegate: Portugal H1n1 Update - Aug 27

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SUBJECT: PORTUGAL H1N1 UPDATE - AUG 27

1. As of August 23, Portugal has 2,244 H1N1 cases with no
confirmed fatalities to date. 411 additional cases were
confirmed in the past week. 10 patients remain hospitalized,
2 in intensive care. The average age for Portuguese cases is
22.4 years old and 88 percent are under 40 years old.

2. Health Minister Ana Jorge estimates that 90 percent of
the Portuguese cases will not require hospitalization.
Health officials are now focused on treating the ill rather
than on the prevention of new cases, therefore pregnant
women, children under 1 year old, the elderly and other
high-risk individuals will only receive prophylactic
treatment if they have been in contact with another person
infected with H1N1.

3. The rate of new cases is expected to increase in
September as people return from their holidays and children
begin the new school year. According to health officials, 24
percent of those infected are children under 14 years old,
and concerned parents are delaying their children's return to
school.

4. 100 additional nurses have been added to the national
dial-in helpline to handle increased call volume, and another
120 nurses are being trained. Health officials are also
negotiating to add an additional 420 staff for a new backup
call center.


For more reporting from Embassy Lisbon and information about Portugal,
please see our Intelink site:

http://www.intelink.sgov.gov/wiki/portal:port ugal
BALLARD

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