Flu epidemic still going strong in Latvia

The incidence of influenza continued to rise in Latvia last week, according to information compiled by the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on February 7.

Last week, 1,024 patients approached general practitioners with acute symptoms of upper respiratory infection, 346 of whom were diagnosed with influenza based on a typical clinical picture (a week ago: 319 patients, two weeks ago 185 patients).

Cases were registered in Ventspils (1125.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants ), Liepāja (617.7 per 100,000), Rīga (604.7 per 100,000), Jelgava (394.2 per 100,000), Daugavpils (380.2 per 100,000), Jēkabpils (232.9 per 100,000), Jūrmala (215.3 per 100,000), Gulbene (62.1 per 100,000), Valmiera (71.0 per 100,000) and Rēzekne ( 57.6 per 100,000).

Influenza cases have been recorded in all age groups, however, the highest influenza intensity was recorded in the age group 0-4 years.

Last week, the number of laboratory confirmed flu cases doubled to 79 (48 a week earlier), with 77 samples detecting type A flu and 2 type B flu.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Latvia has declined - 52 Covid-19 cases have been laboratory-confirmed (a week earlier, 96). A total of 743 (previously 1,039) laboratory tests have been conducted for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The number of inpatient Covid-19 patients has fallen to 79 (a week ago 97, two weeks previously 84).

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