08-04-2024

Influenza Hospital Admissions Rise Despite Decline in Illness Cases

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 14 (1-7 April) decreased to 815.6 cases / 100 000 population compared to 1218.8 cases /100 000 population in week 13 (25-31 March).

The lowest overall incidence rate in week 14 was recorded in Utena County, whereas the highest remained in Vilnius County. No Municipality in Lithuania crossed the epidemic threshold of 1 500 cases / 100 000 inhabitants compared to 3 such Municipalities a week before. To date, no Municipality has declared an epidemic.

Last week, 29 people were hospitalised due to influenza in Lithuania: 18 children (0-17 years) and 11 people aged 65+. 2 persons over 65 years of age were treated in intensive care units. The number of hospital admissions was 26 the week before. No deaths due to influenza were recorded last week. A total of 25 influenza deaths have been reported this season.

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

nistracinės teritorijos

(apskritys)

13 sav. (2024 m.  kovo 25–31 d.)

14 sav. (2024 m.  balandžio 1–7 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

18

1320

10

1348

994,0

12

882

3

897

661,4

Kauno

94

7213

49

7356

1268,5

60

4878

25

4963

855,8

Klaipėdos

118

3713

13

3844

1149,9

50

2312

10

2372

709,6

Marijampolės

26

1697

6

1729

1273,3

20

1131

8

1159

853,5

Panevėžio

32

1895

13

1940

917,8

19

1289

9

1317

623,1

Šiaulių

52

3080

14

3146

1191,4

21

2025

7

2053

777,5

Tauragės

13

931

6

950

1048,4

13

577

5

595

656,6

Telšių

21

1316

10

1347

1024,7

3

907

5

915

696,1

Utenos

11

1143

3

1157

922,2

6

739

3

748

596,2

Vilniaus

212

11730

66

12008

1414,8

133

8106

47

8286

976,3

Iš viso Lietuvoje

597

34038

190

34825

1218,8

337

22846

122

23305

815,6

 

 

According to the National Public Health Laboratory, in week 13 /2024, a total of 123 samples were taken from patients with symptoms of ARI, of which 9 samples tested positive for influenza type A virus, 3 samples tested positive for influenza B virus and 4 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 13 respiratory activity continues to decrease and has returned to baseline levels in most EU/EEA countries. This season, influenza activity started to decrease earlier than in previous influenza seasons.

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Source: https://erviss.org/

Specialists repeatedly highlight the importance of hygiene rules to protect against ARI.  Wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, especially with unclean hands, ventilate and wet clean rooms frequently, observe the coughing and sneezing etiquette, and stay away from sneezing and coughing people. If you experience cold like symptoms (sore throat or headache, stuffy or runny nose, etc.), stay at home and consult your family doctor.