Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Flu on the Rise but Don't Panic

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Flu on the Rise but Don't Panic

Article excerpt

THE number of flu cases on the Sunshine Coast is climbing towards a two-year high.

But although the season peak is still at least two months away, doctors say there is no need for panic over the outbreak.

Noosaville GP Dr Mason Stevenson said the number of reported cases were far below the 2009 H1N1 pandemic and were simply returning to normal levels after a good run.

aThe most common strain we are seeing is the H3N2 virus variety,a the spokesman for the Queensland branch of the Australian Medical Association said.

aThis is also known as the Influenza A-Perth strain or North American strain because of its origins.a

The latest Queensland Health influenza surveillance figures show the infection rate per 100,000 population for the region is 49.2.

This is compared to 23.4 on the first day of winter.

The Gold Coast infection rate is 34.2, Wide Bay is 41.1, Central Queensland is 48.9 and Mackay 42.3.

However these figures only represented the most serious cases, the ones which require testing or admission to hospital. …

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