Kyodo: Flu epidemic in Japan — Cases per hospital double — Brain-swelling for infants

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Paul Martin

January 25th, 2012

Title: Influenza epidemic doubles number of cases per hospital
Source: Kyodo
Date: Jan. 25, 2012

National Institute of Infectious Diseases

Nationwide influenza epidemic is spreading
Doubling the number of cases per hospital
Over 90 percent of the cases this flu season are due to the Hong Kong influenza A virus subtype H3N2
The data marked the first epidemic in five years of the seasonal flu virus
Can cause encephalitis in infants
[Can] gravely affect the elderly
Average number of cases stood at 7.33 in the week through Jan. 15, up from 3.76 a week earlier
Number of cases, which increased in all 47 prefectures, has since continued to grow
People 70 and older accounted for roughly 6 percent of the cases, up from around 2 percent in earlier years

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