20 Jan '11, 1am

Flu cases reach daily average of more than 3,300

Flu cases in the second week of the year have crossed the epidemic threshold of 17,032. The Health Ministry said the number of acute upper respiratory illnesses seen by polyclinics between Jan 9 and 15 rose to 18,377, or a daily average of more than 3,300 cases. This is in contrast to the 16,630 cases seen during the same period last year. The MOH said the Influenza A-H1N1 strain is the predominant virus making its rounds, followed by the Influenza A H3N2 and Influenza B strains. But the World Health Organisation has stated that the H1N1 virus has not become more severe or virulent. It is still behaving like it did during the pandemic in 2009 and is similar to the strain used in the current influenza vaccine. The current influenza vaccine contains the three most common circulating influenza strains world-wide. The MOH added it is common for flu cases to peak during this pe...

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