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Flu death toll in Greece this year jumps to 75

The number of people in Greece to have died after contracting flu this year has risen to 75, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO), said on Tuesday.

More than 50 people are being treated in intensive-care units for the effects of the virus.

KEELPNO said that 213 serious cases have been recorded since the year began.

Most of those who have died had not been inoculated against the disease.

KEELPNO president Jenny Kremastinou told Kathimerini that the higher number of deaths and serious flu cases this year is down to the virus strain.

The difference with last year is that the A (H1N1) type is prevalent this year, she said.

Last year, the A (H3N2) type was more common in Greece.

She added that the flu season started two to three weeks earlier than usual and that only 30 percent of people in vulnerable groups had had their flu jabs.

Flu cases are expected to continue until the end of March.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday March 4, 2014 (20:09)  
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