Flu cases rising

Double the cases puts pressure on health services

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A SPIKE in influenza and respiratory cases in adults and young children this year has Wangaratta’s public hospital nearing its peak.

Confirmed presentations of the flu and RSVs (respiratory viruses) have doubled in Wangaratta on 2016 figures and risen by 65 per cent in the Hume region as a whole.

From the start of 2017 to August 7 there have been 174 lab confirmed cases of influenza in Hume region, up from 113 compared to the same time last year, but not as severe at 224 in 2015.

The Department of Health urges people to practice good hand hygiene, cover their cough, don’t go to work when unwell or send sick kids to school.

Northeast Health Wangaratta (NHW) infection prevention and control manager Kim Comensoli said during July there have been 15 cases of influenza in adults or RSV in kids.

“It has put pressure on our beds and we are nearing the peak period of the season now,” Ms Comensoli said.

 

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