05-03-2024

Number of Sick People Decreasing but Flu Season Is Not Over Yet

According to the data in possession by NPHC, in week 9 of this year (26 February – 3 March), the overall incidence rate of influenza, acute respiratory infections (ARIs), and COVID-19 was 1216.5 cases / 100 000 population in the country, compared to  1363,2 cases/ 100 000 populationin week 8 (19-25 February)

The lowest incidence rate was observed in Telšiai County, whereas the highest in Vilnius County. Epidemic level, i.e. the threshold of 1500 cases per 100 000 population, was reached in 2 Municipalities (Visaginas and Vilnius City), compared to 10 in the week before. To date, no Municipality has declared an epidemic.

During week 9, 73 individuals in Lithuania were hospitalized due to influenza, including 35 children (0–17 years old), 10 individuals 18–64 years of age, and 28 individuals over the age of 65. 4 individuals (all over 18 years old) were treated in intensive care units. The week before the numbers of hospitalisation and admission to ICU were  97 and 6 respectively.

One death due to flu was reported in Šiauliai County. The individual, who belonged to the age group of 60-69 years, was not vaccinated against seasonal flu, and had chronic diseases. A total of 20 influenza deaths have been reported this season, compared to 21 in the 2022-2023 influenza season.

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

acinės teritorijos

(apskritys)

8 sav. (2024 m.  vasario 19–25 d.)

9 sav. (2024 m.  vasario 26 d. – kovo 3 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

200

1296

25

1521

1121,5

113

1165

17

1295

954,9

Kauno

850

7379

92

8321

1434,9

499

6935

71

7505

1294,2

Klaipėdos

293

3841

36

4170

1247,5

163

3415

26

3604

1078,1

Marijampolės

208

1545

13

1766

1300,6

102

1461

14

1577

1161,4

Panevėžio

282

2006

39

2327

1100,9

202

1840

29

2071

979,8

Šiaulių

295

3044

46

3385

1281,9

210

2883

24

3117

1180,4

Tauragės

94

947

20

1061

1170,9

55

820

6

881

972,2

Telšių

77

1271

4

1352

1028,6

44

1176

6

1226

932,7

Utenos

87

1234

19

1340

1068,0

68

1212

8

1288

1026,6

Vilniaus

1133

12426

147

13706

1614,9

763

11323

109

12195

1436,9

Iš viso Lietuvoje

3519

34989

441

38949

1363,2

2219

32230

310

34759

1216,5







 


According to the data from National Public Health Care Laboratory, in week 8/2024, a total of 169 samples were taken from patients with symptoms of ARI, of which 88 tested positive for influenza type A virus, 13 tested positive for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and 6 tested  positive for B type virus. 

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 8 all indicators pointed to high influenza activity in the EU/EEA, which seems to have been decreasing slightly over the past three weeks. However, the number of hospital admissions in the EU/EEA remained the same or decreased. The rate of severe seasonal influenza-related illnesses is also decreasing.

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NPHC specialists urge citisens to practice good hygiene throughout the flu season which usually lasts until mid-May (week 20 of the year): wash hands regularly; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands; ventilate and wet-clean your rooms more often; cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when sneezing or coughing. Dispose of used tissues and face masks promptly into a waste bin. Wear a medical mask to help reduce airborne transmission of all types of respiratory viral infections.