03 Feb '11, 1am

Flu epidemic - have you had yours?

THE number of cold and flu cases, which dipped slightly last week, remain above epidemic levels for the third consecutive week. The 19,225 patients who sought treatment at polyclinics for runny noses, sore throats, body aches and fever for the week beginning on Jan 24 was 7 per cent fewer than the 20,702 patients seen in the previous week. This time last year, the number was much lower at 15,771. Polyclinics are used as a gauge for respiratory illnesses - which include bronchitis and pneumonia - as they treat roughly 20 per cent of the population. While patients suspected of having influenza remained low at 2 per cent of those with respiratory ailments, the number of those found by laboratory tests to have caught the flu virus went up. Nine in 10 of those who caught the flu were found to be infected by the pandemic H1N1 virus, which killed a man here recently. Private clin...

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