A post-mortem carried out on Wednesday on a 20-month-old baby boy who died in Makarios hospital on Monday revealed the cause of death to be type A flu.
The post-mortem was carried out by state pathologist Angeliki Papetta and private pathologist Marios Matsakis, at the parents’ request.
Matsakis told state broadcaster Cybc that the cause of the boy’s death was pneumonia and sepsis, brought about by type A flu.
The 20-month-old baby had been rushed to the Limassol general hospital on Sunday on orders of a private paediatrician, but his transfer to the Makarios hospital in Nicosia was soon deemed necessary.
The boy died early on Monday morning, around three hours after he was brought to Nicosia.
According to Matsakis, two tests are carried out at hospitals for type A flu – one is fast and the other takes more time.
“The fast test,” he said, “is unreliable and parents should not be comforted by the results of the specific test, but must proceed to the longer test.”
Earlier in the month, health authorities urged the public to take precautions as the flu season is now at its peak, with the most common flu this year being the virus type A.
The flu season started during the last two weeks of December, some two weeks earlier than usual, and has spread rapidly.
Influenza — also known as the flu — is a contagious viral infection that attacks the respiratory system. Type A influenza is the most serious and known to cause widespread outbreaks and diseases. There is also type B and C.