October 2, 2022
COVID cases on rise in Americas, nations must monitor other viruses: PAHO

SAO PAULO — COVID-19 cases in the Americas increased 10.4% last week from the previous one, but countries must also pay attention to a rise in other respiratory viruses in the region, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said on Wednesday.

Cases in South America rose 43.1%, the biggest jump in the region, while the highest increase in COVID-related deaths was in Central America at 21.3%, PAHO said in a news conference, adding that cases in the region have been growing for the past six weeks.

Other respiratory viruses, such as influenza, Monkeypox and viral hepatitis, are also surging, and nations need to pay close attention to these diseases too, PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said.

“The flu virus is circulating again and not just during traditional flu season,” she said. “Countries should expand surveillance to monitor other respiratory viruses, not just COVID.”

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