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Influenza killed 42 people this season in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU42 people have died from influenza this season. It is three people more than last year, according to information from the Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Last year, the influenza season in Latvia continued up to May.

Last year, influenza claimed five more people. All of them were aged 35 to 95. All patients had one or multiple chronic diseases – chronic heart disease, respiratory infection, sugar diabetes, cancer, obesity or other risk factors. None of the patients who died from influenza were previously vaccinated against the infection.

Last week, average influenza intensity in Latvia continued to decline, dropping by 23%. Intensity had declined by 15% the week before.

Influenza infection cases were registered in ten territories under monitoring. Influenza infection rates have increased in Daugavpils and Jekabpils. In other cities, however, influenza intensity has declined. The highest intensity remains in Gulbene – 317.3 cases per 100,000 residents.

As previously reported, influenza epidemic was announced in Latvia on 26 January. An epidemic is announced if infection rates at least one of the territories under monitoring exceed 100 case per 100,000 residents. It is expected that the influenza epidemic may end at the beginning of April.

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