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Thursday, December 01, 2022

El Cunqueiro diagnosed with 1,350 cases of flu this season

The health system expects the next autumn-winter to be similar to a flu season before the pandemic. “Hopefully it comes back.” The massive spread of COVID, masks and frequent restrictions changed the behavior of the main respiratory virus of winter that marked a time of stress in hospitals. In 2020, the flu did not occur in Vigo or practically anywhere in the world, while a flu pandemic was declared in Galicia in the 2021–2022 season, but with some cases and dates that were not typical.

Vigo’s health sector diagnosed about 1,350 cases of influenza through microbiological tests last season. This is not a global number of patients, as there may be other clinical diagnoses without this laboratory test, but it is an indicator. The microbiology laboratory of the Vigues hospital complex confirms that the incidence before the pandemic was a third lower than normal. The virus had less presence and was less lethal.

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Galicia had less than 500 admissions for influenza throughout the season and only 6 of the 21 people who died attribute the virus to a direct cause.

In addition, the dominant virus was A, as detected in the rest of Galicia, and 98% of the subtypes detected were H3N2, a strain that has circulated in the Autonomous Community and in Spain since the 2018–2019 season. had not happened. Only a dozen cases of influenza B were detected in the Vigo region.

The most recent flu pandemic ended on May 29, although there may be isolated cases after that date, whereas before the pandemic it ended in late March. It was a longer than usual season, with minor events peaking and affecting later. Most of the patients used to be between late January and February, when it is coldest, but this year it happened during the last week of February and the month of March. In addition, a high incidence of influenza was also noted in the last three weeks of December last year.

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In addition, this year, respiratory syncytial virus affecting children was brought forward in October and peaked by December. Microbiology uses specific tests for the flu, others that combine flu and COVID, and others that combine respiratory syncytial virus and other colds.

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