Aussie flu, French flu and Japanese flu: Which is worse? What are the key differences?

Thursday, January 11, 2018
By Paul Martin

AUSSIE flu continues to sweep across the country, and now warnings of French flu and Japanese flu have also been issued. Here is everything you need to know.

By Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz
11th January 2018

Official figures from Public Health England (PHE) show that there were 24 flu-related deaths in the last week of 2017, taking the total number of deaths up to 48 this winter.

A strain of flu known as Aussie Flu – or H3N2 – has hit the UK this winter. So far, around 1,650 people have been admitted to hospital with the virus.

The deadly bug was responsible for the deaths of 300 people in Australia. Meanwhile, French flu has reportedly killed around 30 people in France.

Japanese flu – or Yamagata – is the latest strain of flu to hit the headlines. Cases of this virus originating from Yamagata in Japan have been found in Greater Manchester.

The vicious strain of flu hit Ireland hard – where is accounts for 60 to 70% of flu cases.

PHE carried out a test of 124 infected people – of which 56 were positive to the deadly virus known as Aussie flu, while 21 were identified as Japanese flu.

So what are the differences and which is worst?

Aussie flu

Aussie flu has wreaked havoc in Australia as one of “the worst flu seasons they have faced in decades”.

Now the flu has made its way to the UK – and has been identified in every UK postcode by the online tool Flusurvey.

This particular strain of flu is identified as Influenza A which is the most common type of flu.

The symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those of the standard type of flu, but can be more severe.

Dr Richard Pebody, acting head of respiratory diseases at PHE warned that Ausse flu could be dangerous for the elderly.

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