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Flu bug still rife in Canaries 


Beware the flu! It is stil rife in the Canary Islands although the archipelago seems to have escaped better than areas of mainland Spain, includng Andalucia and Navarra.

Rather later than usual, influenza cases were hitting a peak by the end of January, reaching epidemic proportions in the archipelago, Aragón, Valencia, Cataluña, Madrid and Melilla amongst others.

Latest figures showed the rate of influenza was 156.73 cases per 100,000 and “gripe B” was the most predominant virus, except in Madrid (AH1N1) and in the Canaries (Ans/B).

Children under the age of 15 were also proving very susceptible.

Since the beginning of the flu season, there has only been one death from influenza B, a man over 64 who had other risk factors. In addition, 42 people needed to be taken to hospital, 52% of them serious.

Most cases seemed to be hitting the 45-64 year age group (31%) followed by toddlers up to four (21%).