Highland – A season of acute respiratory disease reported. In the 46th calendar week, seven percent of patients join the Vysočina Region, the disease for the first time in the coming season exceeds the threshold of nine hundred patients and reaches 921 patients per hundred thousand residents.
Six percent of patients in the Czech Republic last week and 1021 cases per 100,000 currently in this country.
The actual influenza virus has not appeared in the Highlands. "But diseases with flu-like symptoms and complications in viral diseases caused by non-influenza viruses are beginning to emerge," Alena Dvořáková, director of the antiepidemic department at Vysočina Regional Health Authority, described the latest development of acute respiratory disease.
From the point of view of each district, in mid-November, the highest cases of disease were in the Pelhřimov region (990 cases) and in Třebíčsku (965 cases), health experts in both districts noted the same increase in disease as in the whole region. Significantly, at twenty percent, diseases in Havlíčkův Brod increased last week, but remained below the national average (899 cases). Even lower in Jihlava, where, after a nine percent increase, the last 870 patients were converted to 100,000. Žďársko reported a third percent decline in morbidity last week to 907 cases.
A year ago there were 829 patients at week 46, 703 patients in 2016, and in 2015 the disease was 813 cases per hundred thousand.
From the development of morbidity in mid-November, the evolution of the upcoming influenza season cannot be reliably predicted, but in fact one year ago, the highest influenza epidemic has hit the entire Vysočina region for the past few years.
This year is still a good time to vaccinate against influenza, which must protect mainly population risk groups, such as seniors first and foremost and people with weak health. "Also this year, the four valent vaccine was designed for vaccination to protect against two strains of influenza A and two strains of influenza B. There are two types of this vaccine available," Dvorakova warned.
Last year, in the Highlands, seven women and four men aged 59 to 90 years died of flu. Six of them were infected with influenza type B, five influenza A.
Diseases in the Highlands in the 46th week of the calendar
45. WEEK / 46 WEEKS / CHANGE
District HB 748/899 / + 20%
JI District 799/870 / + 9%
PE District 924/990 / + 7%
TR District 915/965 / + 6%
ZR District 937/907 / -3%
Vysočina region 864/921 / + 7%
Czech Republic 963/1021 / + 6%