Bulgaria’s Pleven, Varna and Bourgas districts declare influenza epidemics

Bulgaria’s districts of Pleven and Varna have issued a declaration of a flu epidemic, with anti-epidemic measures to be in effect from January 24 to 31.

In the district of Bourgas, a flu epidemic declaration will be in effect from January 25 to 31.

Schools in the districts will not be closed.

Anti-epidemic measures include suspension of elective consultations for children and healthy pregnant women, and of routine checkups and compulsory immunization and reimmunization procedures.

Strict daily “filtering” should be carried out in nurseries, kindergartens and schools to prevent ill children from being admitted to the premises. Visits to hospitals and social care institutions for children and adults are banned.

The districts of Smolyan, Gabrovo and Plovdiv earlier declared flu epidemics.

No district that has declare a flu epidemic has closed schools.

Chief State Health Inspector Angel Kunchev told Nova Televizia on January 23 that he expected that by the end of the week, a third of Bulgaria would be in a flu epidemic.

The incidence of the disease in Sofia was growing, but it is not at such a level that a flu epidemic can be declared, Kunchev said.

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