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Friday, December 31, 2010

Hong Kong : Update on impending flu season

Another press release from Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection :

" The Centre of Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health has provided an update on overseas and local influenza activity in the latest issue of its online publication, Communicable Diseases Watch, released today (December 30).

It was noted that recently there have been increases in influenza activity in some countries/areas in Europe and North America. I

n the United Kingdom (UK), the winter influenza season is under way. Both community and hospital data showed a steady upward trend in seasonal influenza activity with reports of outbreaks and severe cases.

From the week ending September 12 until December 22, 2010, a total of 27 fatal cases were verified by the UK's Health Protection Agency as related to influenza infection, mostly due to influenza A (H1N1) 2009 (i.e., human swine influenza) and influenza B.

The majority of death cases did not receive the influenza vaccine."

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