Australian flu and Japanese flu spark fears of epidemic as 149 people die

 

Richard Hartley-Parkinson

Friday 19 Jan 2018 6:29 am

Fears are growing that the UK is on the verge of a flu epidemic that could last until March as the death toll hits 149.

Australian and Japanese strains of the virus may be partly to blame for what has the makings of the worst outbreak in seven years, mostly affecting the elderly.

Up to 8.3million people are said to have been hit by symptoms this week with 4,500 in hospital last week alone.

In England there were 120 deaths recorded in England while in Scotland another 21 have died and eight in Northern Ireland.

Public Health England (PHE) also said there was an 11 per cent increase in the flu hospitalisation rate, along with a 42 per cent increase in the GP consultation rate with flu-like illness compared to the previous week.

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