Seasonal flu deaths climb to 115, virus to peak by early March

Seasonal flu deaths climb to 115, virus to peak by early March

Athens, February 19, 2016/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Marina Spyropoulou

The number of people in Greece who have died of seasonal flu complications since the start of the year climbed to 115 on Friday after five patients who had contracted the virus passed away within the last 24 hours, the Hellenic Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) announced.

According to the center’s epidemiologists further 118 people were currently being treated in intensive care units taking the number of flu sufferers who so far have received treatment in ICUs to 356 this winter.

Sixteen new cases of the H1N1 influenza strain were reported this week, according to KEELLPNO scientists who warn that the worst was still not over, as the virus was expected to peak by early March.