In Croatia, where the worst epidemic of influenza has been recorded in the last ten years, 45 influenza deaths and 28,664 people have been reported until Sunday, the Croatian Public Health Institute (Hzjz) announced today. It is estimated that the peak of this year's influenza epidemic has come close to Croatia after it picked up 11,000 people last week, the highest number of people with flu this year.
Since January 18, when the first data on seven deaths and more than 8600 people diagnosed with influenza were published, 37 people died from the past ten days and more than 20,000 people became ill. With the number of patients rising sharply in the second half of January, it is estimated that the peak of the flu may take several weeks, and then the flu will gradually slow down.
On his website, HZSZZ also noted that among the victims of this year there are people aged between seven and 96 and 25 years of age 65 who suffer from one or more chronic illnesses. They stressed that Croatia is spreading the type A virus in Croatia and that most of the patients were registered in Zagreb and its surroundings, as well as in Slavonia and Dalmatia.
Also in the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), this year saw an increase in the number of patients with acute respiratory illnesses and flu-like illness in the third week of influenza season. An increase in the number of people with this disease is evident in all age groups, except for those over the age of 65. The highest increase in acute infections was observed in children under 7 years of age.
According to NIJZ, during the third week of the flu season, between January 14 and 20, compared to the second week, the number of samples sent to the testing laboratories and the number of positive hospital samples increased. The proportion of samples tested for other viruses increased, while positive samples were from all Slovenian regions.