Hospitals put on alert over ‘worst killer flu’ in 50 years

Monday, January 1, 2018
By Paul Martin

HOSPITALS are bracing themselves for the worst flu epidemic in 50 years with news that the strain sweeping the UK has claimed lives in Ireland.

By GILLIAN CRAWLEY
Express.co.uk
Mon, Jan 1, 2018

One expert warned this could be the worst winter since the Hong Kong flu epidemic of 1968. Though the number of flu-related deaths in Ireland is under 10, 73 people have been treated in hospital and Irish health experts are urging people to get vaccinated.

UK Government statistics show that 1,111 people were struck down with flu last week – a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days.

The sharp rise has been triggered by the unusual case of two aggressive subtypes attacking the population in tandem, according to data from Public Health England.

Usually just one subtype, either influenza A or B, attacks during the flu season. But this year Britain has been hit by so-called “Aussie flu” a strain of influenza A which wreaked havoc on hospitals in Australia during their winter.

The H3N2 subtype triggered two-and-a-half times the normal number of cases in Australia and some A&E units reported “standing room only” as they were swamped by more than 100,000 cases.

Britain’s flu season tends to mirror what happens there. In September, Professor Robert Dingwall, a public health expert at Nottingham Trent University, told the Daily Express it was “inevitable” ­Aussie flu would reach Britain and could be deadly.

He said” “Public Health England should be working with local authorities and health services to ensure more hospital beds are freed up. We need to be prepared, alert and flexible.

This is potentially the worst winter since the Hong Kong flu of 1968.” A subtype of influenza B is proving to be equally virulent with figures for last week showing 522 cases of influenza A and 546 of influenza B were recorded across England and Wales.

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One Response to “Hospitals put on alert over ‘worst killer flu’ in 50 years”

  1. D

    Is this another “fake news” article so Big Pharma can continue to poison us further?

    #3515026

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