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Flu epidemic hits ČR

16 January 2013

Prague, Jan 15 (CTK) - The growing number of acute infections of air passages and influenza can be denoted as an epidemic in the Czech Republic, according to Czech chief sanitary officer Vladimir Valenta, Health Ministry spokeswoman Viktorie Plivova told CTK yesterday.

However, anti-epidemic measures such as a ban on visits to hospitals or closure of schools have not been adopted as yet.

In a number of most affected regions, some schools have been closed and some hospitals have banned visits in their own right, Plivova said.

The National Institute of Public Health (SZO said last week the number of the patients with acute infections of air passages increased by 34 percent and there were 1,391 ill per 100,000 inhabitants.

The number of the people infected with flu has increased on average by 88.2 percent and there were 128 cases of influenza per 100,000 inhabitants.

When it comes to acute infections of air passages, children under five are the most threatened group with 3,512 cases per 100,000 children, while the biggest increase was registered in the groups of 15-24 and over 60 years, by 52.4 percent each.

Children under five are also most threatened with flu: 196 per 100,000 fell ill with it last week. Among those aged 15-24, 186 per 100,000 were infected.

The fastest, 215.5 percent increase is in the group over 60 years. However, the number of ill is still rather low, 60 per 100,000.

Rapid increases, over 100 percent, have also been registered in the groups between 15 and 29 years.

According to the information as of January 14, 16 people died of complications connected with influenza since the beginning of this winter, while 99 patients have been hospitalised.

Last week, the Health Ministry released for use 1440 doses of the Relenza antibiotics for patients with a very complicated course of the illness and later this week, it will release several thousand doses of Tamiflu.

The Health Ministry has established a special round-the clock help line for doctors.

Every year, up to 2,500 Czechs die from flu. Five percent of adults and 20 percent of children get infected with it, in all some one million people in the 10.5-million country.

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