25-03-2024

Flu Season Is Not Over Yet: Number of Acute Respiratory Infections Has Increased

According to the data possessed by the National Public Health Centre (NPHC), the overall incidence of influenza, acute upper respiratory infections (ARIs) and COVID-19 in Lithuania slightly increased last week (18-24 March) and was 1,240.4 cases/ 100 000 population. Compared to 1029.6 cases / 100 000 population in the week before. The Municipalities of Marijampolė and Vilnius City crossed the epidemic threshold of 1 500 cases / 100 000 inhabitants.

The increase in the incidence is associated with a higher number of ARI cases but not influenza or COVID-19. Compared to the previous week, the number of cases of influenza and COVID-19 decreased, while the number of ARI increased. The lowest incidence was registered in Utena County whereas the highest in Vilnius County.

Last week, 42 people were hospitalised due to influenza in the country: 25 children (0-17 years), 3 people aged 18-64 and 14 people aged 65+. No influenza related deaths were registered in that period. A total of 25 influenza deaths have been registered this season so far.  

Data on the incidence of influenza, ARI and COVID-19 in Counties

inistracinės teritorijos

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11 sav. (2024 m.  kovo 11–17 d.)

12 sav. (2024 m.  kovo 18–24 d.)

Gripo atvejų skaičius

ŪVKTI atvejų skaičius

COVID-19 ligos  atvejų skaičius

Suminis (gripo, ŪVKTI ir  COVID-19 ligos) atvejų skaičius

Suminis rodiklis

(gripo, ŪVKTI ir  COVID-19 ligos  atvejų skaičius 100 tūkst. gyventojų)

Gripo atvejų skaičius

ŪVKTI atvejų skaičius

COVID-19 ligos  atvejų skaičius

Suminis (gripo, ŪVKTI ir  COVID-19 ligos) atvejų skaičius

Suminis rodiklis

(gripo, ŪVKTI ir  COVID-19 ligos  atvejų skaičius 100 tūkst. gyventojų)

Alytaus

50

1143

8

1201

885,6

33

1387

4

1424

1050,0

Kauno

199

5841

42

6082

1048,8

145

7267

46

7458

1286,1

Klaipėdos

97

3109

16

3222

963,9

129

3742

23

3894

1164,9

Marijampolės

29

1377

11

1417

1043,5

18

1697

6

1721

1267,4

Panevėžio

95

1559

11

1665

787,7

81

1881

19

1981

937,2

Šiaulių

87

2651

13

2751

1041,8

94

3232

7

3333

1262,2

Tauragės

25

663

13

701

773,6

30

903

6

939

1036,2

Telšių

28

999

3

1030

783,6

20

1280

5

1305

992,8

Utenos

21

877

11

909

724,5

12

1093

6

1111

885,5

Vilniaus

388

9942

110

10440

1230,1

336

11841

100

12277

1446,5

Iš viso Lietuvoje

1019

28161

238

29418

1029,6

898

34323

222

35443

1240,4


According to the National Public Health Laboratory, in week 11 /2024, a total of 81 samples were taken from patients with symptoms of ARI, of which 13 samples tested positive for influenza type A virus,  and 8 samples tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). 

Incidence of influenza, COVID-19 and ARI in Lithuania during flu season since 2017

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According to the European Respiratory Virus Surveillance Network (ERVISS), at the end of week 11 respiratory activity was decreasing but remained above baseline levels in under half of reporting EU/EEA countries. The activity was largely driven by influenza.

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The flu season will be over in two months' time (week 20 of the year, in mid-May), hence it is still important to observe the rules of personal hygiene, and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated with viruses, ventilate and wet clean rooms frequently. If you have cold-like symptoms (sore throat or headache, stuffy or runny nose, etc.), stay at home or work from home, and contact your family doctor.