Dutch flu epidemic continues

11th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

11 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is still in the grips of flu epidemic, with little change witnessed in the number of sick people in recent days, the National Influenza Centre (NIC) said on Friday.

11 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands is still in the grips of flu epidemic, with little change witnessed in the number of sick people in recent days, the National Influenza Centre (NIC) said on Friday.

The NIC said the number of people sick with the flu virus declined recently from 20 per 10,000 people to 17. An epidemic is defined as 15 ill people per 10,000.

But in the east of the country, the number of sick people has declined markedly, falling from 25 to just eight per 10,000. The number of people aged 65 or more who have the flu also fell sharply, from 39 per 10,000 to 22.

All figures relate to week nine and are compared with week eight of the year, newspaper De Telegraaf reported. 

Well-known virologist Ab Osterhaus has said the actual number of people who are ill would probably be much higher. But because they do not go the doctor, they are not registered in official figures.

Osterhaus also told Radio 1 on Friday that the present flu epidemic had peaked and will start to decline.

Across much of Europe, the number of sick people remained stable or declined in recent days. The number of infections increased in Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

Most of the flu infections are being cause by the A/H3 type, but the B virus and the type A/H1 are also prevalent.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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