13. Feb. 2019 06:00
| 1292 | Updated: 8:12 / 13.2.2019
The flu epidemic in Slovenia is in full swing, and patients with complications associated with this disease are also being treated at UKC Ljubljana. This week there are fewer new cases than the previous one, but they think they are hospitalized more than last season. Deaths are also more than last year, and this year 29 patients have died of influenza complications.
According to STA, Deputy Chief of the Clinic of Infectious Diseases and Cod in the UKC Ljubljana Boyana Beovich, the number of flu patients throughout the season is not recorded immediately to be comparable to last season but the number of new cases patients compared to the previous week slightly decreased.
According to POP TV, 716 patients have been hospitalized to CCL Ljubljana so far and 528 patients have been hospitalized in the previous season. Complications are the most common in breathing, in adults and chronically ill, but also in healthy ones are no exceptions, Beovic explained.
According to her, the complications of hospitalization can last from a few days to a few weeks. In this year's season, 29 patients died in UKC Ljubljana due to complications from influenza.
Considering the need for additional facilities needed by the clinic for a flu outbreak, Beovic believes that the situation is similar to that of 2009 when faced with a pandemic influenza.
As the Deputy Chief of Infectious Diseases explained last year, during the flu the hope is that the number of new cases will decrease.
However, vaccination against influenza is still recommended. "Vaccination is meaningful until the end of the epidemic, ie, while the virus spreads," Beovic explained.