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RIVM: flu epidemic officially broke out in the Netherlands

In the Netherlands there is a flu epidemic broke out, according to the national Institute for public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Friday. There are now already two weeks, more than 51 for every 100,000 people with the flu or flu-like symptoms, so that an epidemic can be referred to.

In the week of december 10, reported the sentinel of Nivel Zorgregistraties all 63 people with an influenza-like illness (ILI) per 100,000 inhabitants, and with the Christmas could there actually already an epidemic can be spoken.

A flu epidemic in the winter are not unusual. Last year this did not, however, with eighteen weeks, twice as long as average, and were at the height 165 of the 100,000 people flu-like symptoms.

Influenza is a contagious, for most people, harmless, disease of the respiratory tract caused by the influenza virus. Recovering from the flu one to three weeks, with usually no medical treatment is needed.

Groups at risk for the consequences of the flu include people sixty years and older, young children and people with lung and heart conditions.

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