Two patients a day evacuated from Maningrida as flu outbreak worsens in Northern Territory
By national regional health reporter Steven Schubert
Posted 15h ago

Key points:

The Northern Territory has already recorded 28 times more flu cases in 2022 compared to 2021
The peak health body says health workers were caught off-guard by the early arrival of the flu
The early onset meant authorities were not able to undertake mass vaccinations beforehand

A remote Northern Territory Indigenous community is medically evacuating two residents a day as the Top End deals with a "tsunami" of flu cases during its worst outbreak in years.

For the past week, one or two people have been flown out of Maningrida — 370 kilometres from Darwin on the north coast of Arnhem Land — each day due to a severe outbreak of influenza.

"These are unprecedented numbers in volumes per day," local health clinic manager Jessica Gatti said...