THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

ECDC weekly report shows no significant progress of influenza virus

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control recently released its weekly influenza surveillance overview, reporting no significant progress of the influenza virus in Europe.

The report marked week 40 of the influenza season, which began on September 30 and ended on October 6. The report is based on information the ECDC obtained from virologists, doctors and experts on the virus throughout Europe.

The ECDC report gives a weekly snapshot of the clinical and virological advances of the influenza virus throughout the flu season and is broken down to a county-to-country analysis. The ECDC also provides maps, available on its website, to follow the geographical location of the spread of the influenza virus. The organization posts a virus characterization on the site on a monthly basis.

Approximately10 percent of the European population is infected by the virus each year, with hundreds of thousands of people hospitalized from influenza infections annually.

Elderly persons and young children are at the highest risk, along with those who suffer from chronic conditions and compromised immune systems. Influenza can cause serious complications for those infected, including pneumonia, encephalitis, myocarditis and, in severe cases, death.

The ECDC plans to continue monitoring the progress of the influenza virus in Europe on a weekly basis.