Flu incidence doubled in Latvia over past week

The prevalence of influenza in Latvia continues to increase - the number of cases doubled last week, according to the results of the monitoring of the Disease Prevention and Control Center (SPKC) on January 17.

Last week, a total of 814 patients approached general practitioners involved in monitoring with acute symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection, 111 of whom were diagnosed with “influenza” based on a typical clinical picture (a week earlier, 56 patients).

Cases were registered in Ventspils (576.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants), Daugavpils (221.8 per 100,000), Riga (188.0 per 100,000), Jelgava (98.6 per 100,000), Gulbene (62.1 per 100,000), Jūrmala (49.7 per 100,000) and Jēkabpils (46.6 per 100,000).

The highest incidence was recorded in the 5-14 age group last week.

Last week, 21 cases of influenza were laboratory confirmed, with 19 found to be type A flu and two  type B flu.

Last week saw a slight increase in the number of inpatient Covid-19 patients (118, a week earlier - 106). Over the previous week, 10 patients (a week before 7) were treated for serious symptoms. 23 deaths of Covid-19 patients in the age group “50 years and over” have been recorded. In at least three cases, Covid-19 was the primary diagnosis.

Despite the start of the flu epidemic, vaccination is still recommended as the flu epidemic usually lasts 10 weeks, while vaccination-induced immunity builds within 10 to 14 days. 

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