02-04-2024

Incidence of Acute Upper Respiratory Infections Is Not Decreasing

According to the data acquired by the National Public Health Centre (NPHC), in Lithuania, the overall incidence of influenza, acute upper respiratory infections (ARIs) and COVID-19 in Lithuania in week 13 (25–31 March) slightly decreased and was 1218.8 cases / 100 000 population compared to 1240.4 cases / 100 000 population in the previous week (18–24 March).

The lowest overall incidence rate in week 13 of the year was recorded in Panevėžys County, while the highest was in Vilnius County. Three Municipalities – Visaginas, Marijampolė, and Vilnius City – crossed the epidemic threshold of 1 500 cases / 100 000 inhabitants. In the week before, there were only two such Municipalities.

Last week in Lithuania, 26 people were hospitalized due to influenza: 15 children (aged 0–17), 2 individuals aged 18–64, and 9 individuals aged over 65. One person (> 65 years) was treated in the intensive care unit. In total, 25 influenza related deaths have been registered this season.

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

inistracinės teritorijos

(apskritys)

12 sav. (2024 m.  kovo 18–24 d.)

13 sav. (2024 m.  kovo 25–31 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

33

1387

4

1424

1050,0

18

1320

10

1348

994,0

Kauno

145

7267

46

7458

1286,1

94

7213

49

7356

1268,5

Klaipėdos

129

3742

23

3894

1164,9

118

3713

13

3844

1149,9

Marijampolės

18

1697

6

1721

1267,4

26

1697

6

1729

1273,3

Panevėžio

81

1881

19

1981

937,2

32

1895

13

1940

917,8

Šiaulių

94

3232

7

3333

1262,2

52

3080

14

3146

1191,4

Tauragės

30

903

6

939

1036,2

13

931

6

950

1048,4

Telšių

20

1280

5

1305

992,8

21

1316

10

1347

1024,7

Utenos

12

1093

6

1111

885,5

11

1143

3

1157

922,2

Vilniaus

336

11841

100

12277

1446,5

212

11730

66

12008

1414,8

Iš viso Lietuvoje

898

34323

222

35443

1240,4

597

34038

190

34825

1218,8

 


According to the National Public Health Laboratory, in week 12 /2024, a total of 111 samples were taken from patients with symptoms of ARI, of which 12 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 some of reporting EU/EEA countries. The situation in Lithuania is no different than in other countries.

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Information source: https://erviss.org/

The flu season will not end until mid-May, so it is important to continue washing hands thoroughly, and if handwashing is not possible, to disinfect them. Ventilate and wet clean rooms more frequently. When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or cough and sneeze into the crook of your elbow. If you experience cold like symptoms (sore throat or headache, stuffy or runny nose, etc.), stay at home and consult your family doctor.