Flu epidemics declared in Bulgaria’s Pazardzhik, Yambol districts

Flu epidemics were declared in Bulgaria’s districts of Pazardzhik and Yambol on January 17.

In Yambol, schools will be closed from January 18 to 23. An order to close schools in Pazardzhik has not been issued.

The two new declarations bring the number of districts in Bulgaria where flu epidemics have been declared this week to seven, after Pernik, Bourgas, Shoumen, Silistra and Stara Zagora.

Tests at the hospital in Panagyurishte had established that the influenza virus was the AH1N1 strain. Confirmation from the National Reference Laboratory is expected, Bulgarian National Radio reported.

On January 17, two other districts – Rousse and Smolyan – reportedly were “on the verge” of the declaration of flu epidemics.

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