Via AGI.it: Influenza: Half a million Italians in bed for the holidays. Excerpt from a Google translation:
Here come the holidays and winter, with the usual timing, also the flu. There are about 500,000 Italians stuck in bed with the virus between Christmas and New Year, with 150,000 new cases last week, according to data posted at the Higher Institute of Health 'by doctors' sentinel'.
As expected, the first cases were isolated a month ago and now complicit lowering temperatures and the holidays (with school closures and travel) has kicked off the official start of the seasonal flu.
"We are in the phase of ascent - said Fabrizio Pregliasco AGI, a virologist at the University 'Milan-but the real boom there will be' in the middle 'January to early February, when the three influenza virus quest' year 'hit' the beautiful country in the heart of winter "
The figure of 500,000 bedridden because of the flu, Pregliasco keen to point out, 'and' a matter of estimation of new cases registered on the basis of the trend, which has so far not lived up to expectations. Certain number will have it early next week."