Dutch flu epidemic starts to decline

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4 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — The number of people suffering from the flu in the Netherlands has declined in recent days from 26 to 20 ill people per 10,000, the National Influenza Centre (NIC) said on Friday. But it means the Netherlands is still in the grips of a flu epidemic, which is defined as 15 ill people per 10,000. All figures date back to the last week of February and are the latest figures available.

4 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — The number of people suffering from the flu in the Netherlands has declined in recent days from 26 to 20 ill people per 10,000, the National Influenza Centre (NIC) said on Friday.
 
But it means the Netherlands is still in the grips of a flu epidemic, which is defined as 15 ill people per 10,000. All figures date back to the last week of February and are the latest figures available.

The NIC also said the number of people with the flu has especially declined in the south of the country, falling from 48 to 27 per 10,000 residents.
 
A different trend has been seen in the east of the country, where the number of people with the flu rose from 15 to 25 per 10,000, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Nation-wide, the number of people aged 65 or more with the flu rose substantially from 24 to 39 cases per 10,000 people, the NIC said.

The number of people who are ill is usually much higher than official figures, which are based on the amount of people who are treated by a doctor. Many people do not seek medical help when they have the flu.
 
Other European nations are also reporting flu problems, with the number of ill people particularly rising in the Czech Republic last week. Epidemics in many countries, including Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Poland, appear to have already peaked.

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