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Influenza intensity in Latvia – moderate when compared to other European nations

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA comparison of influenza activity in Europe shows that it is high or very high in several countries. Latvia’s influenza intensity is considered moderate, as noted by epidemiologist Raina Nikiforova.

She says that it is hard to predict the end of the influenza epidemic at the moment. The epidemic will likely continue at least until mid-April.

At the same time, according to the epidemiologist, this epidemic will not be longer than the ones observed in the past, even though it began later than last year. This year’s influenza intensity is not as high as it was in previous years, the expert adds.

Nikiforova says that influenza intensity is currently on a rise. The highest point has not yet been reached, however. It is hard to predict if intensity is due to increase more or reduce, as explained by the epidemiologist.

According to her, this year’s influenza epidemic is unique because there are A-type and B-type viruses circulating. It is also unusual that B-type viruses are currently more widespread. Usually the A-type viruses are more widespread, whereas B-type viruses emerge closer to the end of the season.

At the same time, the epidemiologist explains that the severity of an epidemic is usually determined based on the number of patient and fatalities. Analysis of the number of influenza infection cases, complexities caused by the disease, and the number of hospitalized patients shows that the highest peaks have yet to be reached. Nevertheless, last week there had been an increase in the number of pneumonia cases caused by influenza.

As for fatalities caused by influenza, Nikiforova said that there have been fewer cases this year when compared to last year.

The expert said that each influenza epidemic tends to be slightly different than the last.

Last week, news was reported of two more fatalities caused by influenza in Latvia. This makes the total death count 21 so far.

Influenza intensity grew 31.8% last week, reaching 310.6 cases per 100,000 residents. Influenza intensity is reportedly the highest among children under 14.

Experts from Disease Prevention and Control Centre, vaccination against influenza is available to anyone. Still, experts highly recommend vaccination for people with high risk of getting complications from influenza.


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