Death toll from Influenza reaches 14, data obtained by CNA show (Correction)

(Story repeated with correction in the title and the text, on the basis of a Ministry of Health announcement, saying that no death of an 8-year-old child occurred due to Influenza. This inaccurate information, which CNA also obtained, was a result of a typing error in the Health Ministry’s database, the Ministry clarifies. The specific case concerns an elderly person, admitted to Limassol hospital on February 15, 2023 and died ten days later. The Ministry of Health issued today an announcement, to clarify the issue following a thorough inquiry on the data released on Thursday. The corrected text follows)

Fourteen people have died from Influenza in Cyprus this winter.

According to official data that CNA has obtained from the Ministry of Health, in total the hospitalized cases of Flu amount to 440, of which 274 concern children under 15 years of age.

The official data are for the period between December 26, 2022 to March 6, 2023.

More than 50% of cases are children under 15 years of age.

The median age in relation to the flu cases that have been hospitalized in the week of February 27 to March 6 is 8 years.

In statements to CNA, Valentinos Silvestros, Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, said that the vast majority of deaths have been recorded in Limassol, while three deaths out of 14 have been recorded in Larnaca.

In addition, in January a 24-year-old died from Influenza A and a 37-year-old from Influenza B. Among the dead is a 48-year-old woman, as well as a 56-year-old man. The remaining nine dead were over 70 years old.

He also said that in the week between February 27 to March 6, 6% of total hospital admissions are for respiratory viruses, such as Influenza, RSV and COVID, adding that 3.34% of the 6% are admissions due to Influenza.

Concluding, he said that at the moment Influenza B is stronger in the community.

Meanwhile, Maria Koliou, Assistant Professor of Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases at the University of Cyprus Medical School told CNA that admissions of children to the Makarios Hospital have increased.

She also said that Influenza is an aggravating factor in respiratory infections and can potentially worsen other diseases.

Source: Cyprus News Agency