Flu claims thirteen lives as spread slows

The intensity of the flu epidemic announced by state health authorities in January has died down by 26.3%, however three new deaths were registered due to complications caused by the flu in unvaccinated patients, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (SPKC).

Data released by the SPKC show that there is an average of 106.9 cases per 100,000 residents.

The geographical distribution of the epidemic was most intense in Jūrmala, where it reached an average of 331.6 cases per 100,000 residents, while Ventspils was the most flu-free local government territory with just 15.4 cases per 100,000 on average. In five out of ten cities – Daugavpils, Jelgava, Jūrmala, Rēzekne and Rīga, the intensity of the flu epidemic exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 on average.

All age groups except for 0-4-year olds have seen reductions in the percentage of flu infections, however infants and toddlers continue to see a growth in cases.

Last week three new deaths were attributed to complications exacerbated by the flu amongst unvaccinated patients with other chronic illnesses.

Since the beginning of the flu season altogether thirteen fatalities have been registered. None of the deceased had been vaccinated against the flu.

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