Via the Centre for Health Protection: Latest update on surveillance data in winter influenza season. Excerpt:
The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (March 19) 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 18) to noon today, five additional cases of influenza-associated admission to intensive care units or death (including three deaths) among adults aged 18 or above had been recorded under the enhanced surveillance in collaboration with public and private hospitals reactivated since January 2. Two additional deaths were recorded among previously reported cases, bringing the total to 534 (404 deaths) so far. Among them, 505 were A(H3N2), seven were A(H1N1)pdm09, seven were A pending subtype and 15 were B. In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 cases (133 deaths) were filed.
Last week (from March 8 to 14), 36 cases (29 deaths) were recorded. Separately, a daily average of 5.7 cases (4.4 deaths) were filed in the last seven days (from March 12 to 18), compared with 6.7 cases (5.3 deaths) in the preceding seven days (from March 5 to 11).
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.