Nine hundred new Belgian swine flu cases in a week
A total of 8000 patients went to the doctor over the past week with flu symptoms. Of these patients, 900 turned out to be infected with the new A/H1N1 flu.
The Belgian Influenza Commission is tracking the evolution of the new strain of flu that first appeared in the spring. Every week it evaluates the situation in Belgium and tallies up the number of flu patients who went to consult a doctor.
Although the number of people contracting the new strain of flu continues to rise, the Influenza Commission is not overly concerned and continues to closely monitor the evolution of the virus.
General practitioners or house doctors are now caring for the patients that are infected with swine flu. When the virus first appeared around two months ago all patients were sent to the hospital. High risk patients such as people with a chronic illness, children or the elderly, are being given antiviral medicine free of charge.
One person has died from the H1N1 flu virus in Belgium to date.