Date
20 September 2017
Public hospitals have been overwhelmed by people seeking treatment for the flu. Photo: HKEJ
Public hospitals have been overwhelmed by people seeking treatment for the flu. Photo: HKEJ

Flu kills six in Hong Kong in one day

Six people died of flu in Hong Kong Thursday, bringing the death toll to 37 since the outbreak began on Jan. 2, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Seventy-eight are in intensive care in various hospitals, eight on Thursday alone.

Most of the severe cases involve the H3N2 strain of the influenza virus, the Center for Health Protection said.

The center has been coordinating with public and private hospitals to monitor the situation.

On Wednesday, hospital emergency rooms were flooded with 6,818 patients, up from the normal intake of 5,800.

More than 600 went to Tuen Mun Hospital, the most single-day admissions by any pubic hospital.

In some hopsitals, sickbeds were in short supply, with about 113 percent of capacity taken up. Queen Elizabeth Hospital hit 123 percent, the report said.

The center said the vaccine used in Hong Kong and most of the northern hemisphere contains an H3N2 strain that is different from the predominant H3N2 flu this winter, accounting for the serious outbreak.

The Hong Kong Medical Association said doctors should prescribe Tamiflu to treat elderly patients and those long-term illness.

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