Aussie flu: Cases of seasonal flu across southern England up on last year, new figures reveal

January 12, 2018
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Cases of winter flu across London and the South of England are up considerably on last year, Public Health England (PHE) data has revealed.

Types of flu recorded in the recently published figures include the so-called “Aussie flu” strain, which continues to spread rapidly through Surrey and across much of the country.

Since the beginning of winter (classed as October 2 by PHE), there have so far been 201 reported outbreaks of all flu types across London and the South of England.

At the same point last year, the number of outbreaks in winter across London and South England was 153.

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Seasonal flu levels have also increased dramatically across the UK in the last week, according to recent PHE statistics.

The data shows there has been a 78% increase in the GP consultation rate with flu like illness and a 50% increase in the flu hospitalisation rate during the last week.

There has been a further 65% country-wide increase in admissions to intensive care as a result of flu.

Despite the dramatic increase in reported cases, PHE has confirmed there have been no deaths linked to flu in Surrey this winter so far.

The flu heat map, as of 10.30am on Thursday (January 11)

However, data published on FluSurvey ‘s UK-wide map shows the number of confirmed cases of Aussie flu is continuing to rise in Surrey.

Originally, Sutton and Banstead were labelled in FluSurvey ‘s “red zone” for having a high chance of catching the influenza strain.

But this has now expanded to areas including Coulsdon, Leatherhead , Byfleet , Weybridge , Esher , Walton and Chertsey .

While areas such as Guildford and Woking appear to have flu cases, they do not have a high enough number to be placed in the “red zone”.

Public Health England is now advising people to practice good hygiene to prevent the further spread of flu.

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE medical director, said: “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospital with flu.

“People suffering with flu-like symptoms should catch coughs or sneezes in tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu.”

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Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/aussie-flu-cases-seasonal-flu-14145376


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