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Flu epidemic in Latvia is officially over

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBecause the number of flu patients has not exceeded 100 per 100,000 residents in the past two weeks, Disease Prevention and Control Centre announced the end of the flu epidemic in Latvia on Tuesday, 9 April.

Data for flu and upper respiratory tract infections shows that in the past two weeks the number of patients who turned for medical assistance and were diagnosed with flu did not exceed 100 cases per 100,000 residents.

Monitoring data shows that flue intensity last week when compared to the week before has reduced 37%. Nevertheless, the flu virus remains active: four infection cases were registered last week in four out of ten monitored regions in Latvia (Gulbene, Liepaja, Rezekne and Riga).

The average number of flu cases in family doctor practice was slightly higher than 14 cases per 100,000 residents.

The number of hospitalized patients suffering from flu or flu-induced pneumonia has declined 20.5% – flue cases were reported last week in Daugavpils, Gulbene, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Riga and Valmiera, as reported by Disease Prevention and Control Centre.

Since the beginning of the flu season the most common type of flu virus registered in Latvia has been A-type virus – both A/H1pdm09 and A/H3 sub-type. Generally speaking, this year’s flu epidemic is considered moderate, according to experts. Infection rates were the highest in the first weeks of February. This there has been a considerably larger number of flu infections among children, especially children under the age of four.

Although the flu epidemic is over and infection rates are down, experts remind that flu and other viruses remain active. Epidemiologists advise continuing preventive measures. «Be sure to wash your hands often, air rooms regularly and clean rooms, maintain a healthy diet and spend more time outside.»

Latvia’s National Health Service reminds that with the end of the flu epidemic the state no longer finances family doctors’ home visits to patients suffering from flu or flu-induced health problems. This does not apply to patients whose family doctor visits are financed by the state always – children under the age of 18, first group invalids and other patients.


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