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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hong Kong : Seasonal flu activity on the rise

A press release from Hong Kong's govt. :

" The Centre for Health Protection warns of increasing influenza activity, detecting 125 flu infections for the week ending July 24, compared to 98 the previous week.

Flu virus isolates in last two weeks were mainly human swine flu (40%). Seasonal influenza A-H3N2 and seasonal influenza B occupied 30% each.

The consultation rates for flu-like illness at sentinel private doctors for the week ending July 24 was 51.5 per 1,000 consultations, rising from 40.1 in the preceding week.

There were seven outbreaks of flu-like illnesses affecting 29 people, compared with one outbreak involving 13 people previously. Half of these outbreaks occurred in elderly care homes."

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