The severe influenza season in Hong Kong continues with another three flu-related fatalities reported during the past 24 hours. Hong Kong health authorities say since the beginning of the year, there has been 506 influenza-associated admission to intensive care units , including 379 deaths to date.
Among them, 480 were A(H3N2), seven were A(H1N1)pdm09, six were A pending subtype and 13 were B. In the last winter season in early 2014, 266 cases (133 deaths) were filed.
Last week (from March 1 to 7), 57 cases (44 deaths) were recorded. Separately, a daily average of 7.0 cases (5.4 deaths) were filed in the last seven days (from March 6 to 12), compared with 7.9 cases (5.9 deaths) in the preceding seven days (from February 27 to March 5).
Concerning dengue fever in the city, the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection (CHP) reported two new confirmed cases were recorded between March 7 and 12, involving two patients who had traveled to Singapore and Indonesia respectively during the incubation period. As of March 12, there had been 19 confirmed cases of dengue fever in Hong Kong this year, and all were imported cases.