The number of patients with acute respiratory illnesses related to the flu
dropped somewhat this week to an average of 1,923 patients per 100,000
inhabitants, down from the previous of 1,984.
The slight dip represents a difference of 3.1 percent.
In some regions, however, the number of patients per 100,000 remains above 2,000 and health officials warned that the end of the epidemic was a slow process.
Last year, the flu epidemic in the Czech Republic ended by February; this year it began in the second month of the year. It takes between 4 - 8 weeks for an epidemic of this kind to run its course, the Czech News Agency stated.
Seventy people have died so far in a flu epidemic in the Czech Republic,
Novinky.cz reported on Saturday. Of that figure 54 were over the age of 60,
Dr. Martina Havlíčková of the National Reference Laboratory for
Influenza told the news site. Last year 114 lives were lost in a similar
A 1.5 percent rise in the incidence of flu has been recorded in the last week, Dr. Havlíčková said. She said the epidemic was likely to last for several more weeks.
People have been advised to avoid large crowds and devote greater attention to basic hygiene practices.
Ten people in Prague this year have died from flu-related illnesses, nine
of them above the age of 60, while 30 people had to be treated in emergency
wards or intensive care. The news was confirmed by the chief hygiene office
in the Czech capital. The number of those infected with acute respiratory
illness is roughly the same as a week ago, around 1,250 patients per
To try and curb the flu epidemic and protect other patients in hospital, most hospitals but also many pensioners’ homes have banned visits.
The health authorities have warned that Czech Republic is on the brink of a flu epidemic. A fast spread of the disease has been registered in all regions of the country and many hospitals and old age homes have closed their doors to visitors. Six people have already died of flu-related complications and 33 are getting treatment in intensive care.
Hygiene officers warn that Prague has been on the verge of a localized flu
epidemic since late last week. Over the week, the number of children up to
the age of 14 who were suffering from flu symptoms doubled.
Outbreaks reach epidemic levels when the numbers of infected reach between 1,600 and 1,800 per 100,000 people. Across the Czech Republic, the number is 1,450 people per 100,000 and 1,300 per 100,000 in Prague.
The Czech Republic is on the verge of a flu epidemic, according to the
State Health Institute.
It said that there were 1,224 cases of flu per 100,000 people. That’s an advance of around 10 percent of cases on the previous week. The ratio of cases still falls just short of that needed for a flu epidemic to be declared.
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