Flu epidemic in Latvia is over, says authority

The incidence of influenza has decreased over the last two weeks and, on the basis of current data, the Disease Prevention and Control (SPKC) announces the end of the influenza epidemic on Thursday, April 20.

Monitoring data for SPKC influenza and acute upper respiratory infections have shown that over the past two weeks, the number of patients looking for medical help who have been clinically diagnosed with influenza had not exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 population.

Monitoring data shows that in the last week, the intensity of influenza decreased and was described as low – 26.2 per 100,000 inhabitants (a week earlier 28.4 per 100,000 inhabitants), SPKC said.

However, influenza virus circulation is still ongoing and a total of 19 cases of influenza have been registered in three administrative areas (Rīga, Daugavpils, and Ventspils) last week.

Daugavpils, Rīga, Valmiera, and Liepāja reported 11 hospitalized patients with influenza last week, as well as 3 hospitalized patients with influenza-induced pneumonia in Daugavpils and Rīga.

Since the beginning of the season, a total of 901 cases of influenza have been laboratory confirmed in Latvia and 3,887 clinically confirmed cases of influenza have been reported by family doctors.

The monitoring hospitals have so far received information on 1,312 patients with influenza and 263 patients with influenza-induced pneumonia.

Overall, the intensity of the influenza epidemic is rated as average this season, the SPKC indicated.

This season, a significantly higher incidence of influenza occurred in the age group from 0 to 14 years but the most cases of hospitalization were registered in the 15-64 age group.

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