Via the Centre for Health Protection: Latest update on surveillance data in winter influenza season. This appears to be a much worse flu season than last year. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 30) reported the latest surveillance data of the winter influenza season, and again urged the public to heighten vigilance and get vaccinated early against seasonal influenza.
Regarding severe cases, from noon yesterday (March 29) to noon today, three additional cases of influenza-associated admission to intensive care units or death (including one death) among adults aged 18 or above had been recorded under the enhanced surveillance in collaboration with public and private hospitals reactivated since January 2, bringing the total to 579 (436 deaths) so far. Among them, 548 were A(H3N2), eight were A(H1N1)pdm09, six were A pending subtype and 17 were B. In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 cases (133 deaths) were filed.
Last week (from March 22 to 28), 32 cases (23 deaths) were recorded. Separately, a daily average of 4.0 cases (3.0 deaths) were filed in the last seven days (from March 23 to 29), compared with 5.4 cases (3.6 deaths) in the preceding seven days (from March 16 to 22).
Meanwhile, no additional cases of severe paediatric influenza-associated complications or death among children aged under 18 have been reported since yesterday via the ongoing reporting system. The total this year remains 18 (one death) and all were A(H3N2). In 2014, 27 cases (four deaths) were filed.