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Cayman Islands: 300 flu cases in 2 weeks

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    Cayman sneezes through 300 cases of flu in 2 weeks
    Posted on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 10:56 in Health

    (CNS): Health Officials issued a warning about a seasonal peak in flu cases Thursday after 3o3 cases were reported in the last week of 2012 and the first of 2013. Medical Officer of Health, Dr Kiran Kumar said the increase in influenza cases in Cayman was similar to the situation that is presently being widely reported in the United States of America (USA). In the Cayman Islands, flu season usually runs from October to March, and peaks in December and January. During the last week of December 2012, cases of flu-like illness reported to Public Health reached 148, and in the first week of January 2013 reached 155.

    Similar numbers were reported for the same period in the 2009 pandemic, with the number of cases reaching 160-170 per week.

    Up to mid-December the 2012 season had been very mild compared to 2011, with an average of 80-90 cases reported per week. In an average year, 40 cases are reported per week during the summer, and about 80-90 cases per week during the flu season, with cases rising to more than 100 per week during the months of December and January. ..