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.
The Czech environmental group Arnika is ringing alarm bells. According to the results of a recent study it conducted, some children’s toys and grooming accessories, such as hair brushes, sold in the EU contain toxic substances. Arnika’s Karolína Brabcová says this is an unfortunate side product of the drive to promote plastics recycling.
How would you react if you were on a boat that suddenly began to sink or if someone suddenly jumped in front of your car? Such scenarios and peoples’ reactions are the focus of a specialised lab at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague. Among other things, it relies on virtual reality as a tool – details were unveiled this week.
The region of Ústí in North Bohemia has registered seven new cases of
hepatitis A; since last January the number of infected reached 358.
At least one of the new cases registered were at a local elementary school.
The local hygiene office is ordering special measures including vaccination against the disease.