Influenza (flu) outbreak in Greece this Winter: 13 deaths and 59 serious incidents so far

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EODY points out that flu activity is up and above all, that there is a strong upward trend – Among the 13 victims there is a child and two people in the 40-49 age group – The number of beds available in ICUs is troubling


A sharp increase in the circulation of the influenza virus is recorded in Greece, which is reflected in visits to doctors, hospitals in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and fatalities. According to epidemiological surveillance by the National Public Health Organization (EHEA), as of last Sunday, January 19, a total of 59 serious cases of influenza were reported, 50 of which were hospitalized in ICUs. The total number of people who have come up so far is 13.

The PHEA notes that influenza activity is increased and, above all, that there is a strong upward trend. As experts have repeatedly said, Greece will be in a flu outbreak until mid-March. It has now been crystallized from clinical specimens that the influenza A virus is circulating, and strains A (H1N1) and A (H3N2) are predominant. For this reason, they reiterate that anti-influenza screening is an essential means of preventing influenza for people belonging to vulnerable groups such as chronically ill, immunosuppressed, obese and so on.

The increased activity of influenza is also reflected in doctor visits for influenza, which is more than in the previous week.

According to experts, strain A (H1N1) prefers younger and A (H3N2) individuals over 60 years of age, resulting in their simultaneous release creating a cocktail that is quite threatening to a large part of the population.

Specifically, during the week of January 13-19, 27 new cases of influenza and 8 deaths of patients with complications from the disease were recorded. In fact, the first case of a child victim was reported. There are also two victims among the 13 victims in the 40-49 age group, while the other fatalities are those over 60 years old.

However, it is noted in the EODY report that of the 13 patients who ended up, 7 had been hospitalized in ICUs and 6 had been referred to clinics. The same question arises every year when the flu surge begins: the 6 that ended up without ICU hospitalization as the ESA report states, needed ICU hospitalization and no beds?

Because in the last three weeks the ICU bed waiting list has at least 55 people per day, with only 2-3 of them finally being introduced.

The increased activity of influenza is also reflected in the increased visits to a doctor for influenza, compared to the previous week.

It has now been crystallized from clinical specimens that the influenza A virus is circulating, and strains A (H1N1) and A (H3N2) are predominant. According to experts, strain A (H1N1) prefers younger and A (H3N2) individuals over 60 years of age, resulting in their simultaneous release creating a cocktail that is quite threatening to a large part of the population.

Specifically, during the week of January 13-19, 27 new cases of influenza and 8 deaths of patients with complications from the disease were recorded. In fact, the first case of a child victim was reported. There are also two victims among the 13 victims in the 40-49 age group, while the other fatalities are those over 60 years old.

However, it is noted in the EODY report that of the 13 patients who ended up, 7 had been hospitalized in ICUs and 6 had been hospitalized. The same question arises every year when the flu surge begins: the 6 that ended up in ICU hospitalization as the EOD report states, needed ICU hospitalization and no beds?

Because in the last three weeks the ICU bed waiting list has at least 55 people per day, with only 2-3 of them finally being introduced.

Profile of 59 Serious Patients with Seasonal Influenza

Among the 50 cases with ICU hospitalization, there are 32 men and 18 women, ranging in age from 0 to 92 years. 46 (92%) cases were due to type A influenza virus and 4 (8%) to type B influenza virus. Of the 30 type A strains isolated, 16 (53.3%) belonged to strain A (H3N2). and all 14 (46.7%) in subtype A (H1N1).

According to ESA data, the majority of serious cases (88%) concerned high-risk individuals who were required for influenza vaccination. However, the vaccine had made up 50% of them.

Of the 9 cases without ICU hospitalization, there are 5 men and 4 women, ranging in age from 49 to 91 years. All outbreaks are caused by type A influenza virus. And in this group of patients, the majority (8) belonged to a high-risk clinical group for which seasonal influenza vaccination is recommended according to the relevant Ministry of Health circular, however 3.

source – prothema.gr

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