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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

CIDRAP : Flu activity shows signs of receding in Europe

An article from Robert Ross at CIDRAP :

" Influenza activity persists at medium to high levels in most European Union countries but is showing signs of decreasing, according to the latest report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Fourteen countries reported a decrease in influenza-like illness (ILI) and acute respiratory infections (ARI) in the week of Feb 7 to 13, which was 10 more than did so the previous week, the ECDC said. The proportion of respiratory samples from sentinel healthcare providers dropped to 43%, compared with a peak of 57% in the last week of 2010.

However, Greece, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden reported high-intensity flu activity, and Luxembourg had very high activity, the ECDC said. Cases were reported at medium levels in 19 countries and Scotland. The rest of the United Kingdom had low activity, as did Cyprus and Malta."

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