HEALTH UPDATE: Spain set to hit a flu peak as an increase of mortality rates is detected

HEALTH experts predict the flu epidemic in Spain will rise after the National Network of Epidemiological Surveillance released data showing flu cases almost doubled the third week of January, compared to the previous seven days.

The weekly report from January 14 to 20 revealed that 205.3 cases per 100,000 people were registered, a significant rise on the week before when there were 109.4 cases.

According to the report by the Carlos III Health Institute, for the first time, the mortality expectation was exceeded by five per cent, seeing it reach 12 per cent.

People over the age of 64 years accounted for 56 per cent of the deaths, and a third were aged between 15 and 64.

Of patients hospitalised, so far 54 per cent are men and just under eight per cent under the age of 15.

The flu epidemic average rates take in every autonomous community in Spain except Extremadura.

The most affected regions are Basque Country, Navarra, Cataluña and the Balearic Islands.

Since the start of the season, eight outbreaks have been detected in three autonomous communities; four occurred at health institutions, three at nursing homes and one in a school/nursery.

The amount of flu cases could continue to grow across Spain in the upcoming days.

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