Further flu deaths in the Canaries
The nasty flu virus has continued to take its toll in the Canary Islands.
Although the season is now coming to an end, there have still been fatalities, five in the space of one week.
As at April 14th, the death toll stood at 65. Up until this date, 505 patients had been admitted in serious condition due to the pathology, most of them older than 64 years.
Three virus subtypes circulated this season. Percentage wise, 67 per cent of those who died were over 64 years old, 31 per cent were between 15 and 64 years old and two per cent were under 15 year. It is understood about half had been vaccinated.
Since the influenza campaign started at the end of October 2018 and until April 14th, 2019, the hospitals of the islands have treated 1,040 patients with influenza who needed hospital admission.
According to the Influenza Surveillance System in the Canary Islands, the incidence rate in the islands decreased to 10.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants after reaching the peak in the third week of 2019.