The average age of the deceased is 71 years, but the flu has killed a 30-39-year-old man. All patients had chronic illnesses and were not vaccinated against influenza this season.
In the previous flu season, this infection was life-threatening for 91 people, and a year ago for 75 people.
Last week, the average flu intensity in Latvia reached 298.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. A week earlier, it was 196.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The SPCC data show that cases of influenza in the practice of a family doctor are recorded in almost all cities included in the monitoring, with the exception of Jekabpils and Gulbene counties. In seven cities, influenza intensity exceeded the epidemic threshold. It was the highest in Valmiera and Riga.
The highest incidence of influenza last week was registered in children aged five to 14 years – 791.2 per 100,000 population and 556.8 per 100,000 population under four years of age. Incidence increased in all age groups.
Compared to the previous week, the number of hospitalized patients with influenza remained unchanged, but the number of hospitalized patients with influenza pneumonia increased. A total of 259 patients with suspected influenza were placed last week.
General education visits declined last week to 87.4%, while pre-school institutions attended 63.3%, reports SPCC.
SPCC specialists report that influenza vaccination is not too late during an epidemic, and they recommend that people be vaccinated, LETA news agency Ilze Araja reported.
As reported, January 15 in Latvia was declared an epidemic of influenza.