In Croatia, where the worst influenza epidemic has been reported in the last ten years, 45 deaths of influenza and 28,664 people have been reported until death, the Croatian Public Health Institute (Hzjz) announced today. It is estimated that in Croatia they are approaching the peak of this year's influenza epidemic, after 11,000 people were concluded last week, the highest number of people with influenza this year.
Since January 18, when the first aggregated data on seven deaths and just over 8600 people with a diagnosis of influenza were published, in the last ten days due to influenza, 37 people died and more than 20,000 people became ill. Given that the number of patients has risen sharply in the second half of January, it is estimated that the tip of the flu may last for several weeks, and then the flu will gradually slow down.
On his website, the HZZZZ also noted that among the victims of this year there are persons between the ages of seven and 96 and 25 years of age over 65 and suffer from one or more chronic illnesses. They pointed out that this year the type A virus spread 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 (NIHZ), an increase in the number of patients with acute respiratory infections and influenza-like illness in the third week of the influenza season has been observed this year. The increase in the number of people with this disease is noticeable in all age groups, except for those older than 65 years of age. The highest increase in acute infections is seen in children up to 7 years of age.
According to the NIHZ, during the third week of the influenza season, between January 14 and 20, compared with the second week, the number of samples sent to the testing laboratories and the number of positive hospital samples increased. The percentage of samples proven and other viruses also increased, while positive samples come from all Slovenian regions.