The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) has urged people to take necessary precautions against severe seasonal influenza, which killed 50 people last month.
“The summer influenza season has probably come,” the Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man said.
Local influenza activity was found to have risen between May 5th and June 7th, the CHP said.
Of the deaths, two were below the age of 18 while the rest were adults.
In fact, there were more fatal cases this summer than during the latter part of the winter season in early 2017, when 41 people died from influenza.
Of the 48 adults who died last month, 16 were known to have received flu vaccines. Most of the adult patients had been infected with the H3N2 virus.
Statistics showed that for every 1,000 cases in emergency rooms last week, about 185 were related to influenza, upper respiratory tract infection, fever, cough, throat pain and pneumonia.
Ko said children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases are the high-risk group during the flu season.
“Most important of all, we should maintain good personal and environmental hygiene, while the vaccination period for this year has not yet started,” Ko said.
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