The level of activity of acute respiratory infections (ARI) is pretty low in Minsk. This was reported in the sanitary and epidemiological service of the city. "The main etiological agents of ARI are non-influenza respiratory viruses (adenovirus, respiratory syncytial virus and parainfluenza)," noted the experts.
The frequency of requests for medical help through ARI remains at low levels in most European countries. Despite the local increased activity in some regions (Canada, Turkey, Spain, Italy, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, China and Iran), influenza is quite low-spread in the Northern hemisphere with moderate climate.
Influenza viruses A and B are circulating in Europe. The dominant flu virus is mainly of A group (H3N2) in contrast to the early season in 2010/2011 period with prevailing A (H1N1) virus.
Recall that in anticipation of diseases' peak seasonal activity, Telegraf correspondent decided to find out how profitable it is to be sick in Belarus. Having visited more than a dozen capital's pharmacies, we calculated how much money has to be spent by Belarusians on treatment of influenza and pneumonia – the most common diseases in autumn and winter.