Unseasonal Summer Flu Continues to Rage

      August 28, 2023 14:01

      An unusual summer flu epidemic continues. Flu cases normally mass in winter, but due to COVID preventive measures, there were no significant outbreaks in the last few years.
      According to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency last Friday, about 12 out of every 1,000 outpatients were diagnosed with flu. Their number has been decreasing since a peak of 17.3 per 1,000 people in the third week of July but still remains 2.4 times higher than the epidemic threshold of 4.9.
      The biggest proportion was among children aged 7 to 12.
      Meanwhile, adenovirus infections continue to spread among children as well. From Aug. 13 to 19, a total of 757 patients were admitted to hospital with adenovirus, 16.8 times more than in the same period last year.
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