Flu season hits Ipswich early

YESTERDAY might have been the first day of winter but flu season has hit early and with close to 1600 cases already reported this year, according to the AMA Queensland.

The health body is urging Ipswich residents to take precautions to stop the virus spreading.

AMA Queensland president Dr Gino Pecoraro said the average number of cases reported per month had increased by more than 50% on last year.

“The wild, unseasonal weather the state has endured this year may be one of the reasons why we have seen such a large number of flu cases between January and May,” Dr Pecoraro said.

“Queensland Health has reported more than 460 cases of the Influenza virus in the past five weeks alone and almost 30% of these were the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus or swine flu.

“It is unusual to see seasonal flu early in the year and we are asking everyone to observe good health and hygiene practices to avoid a further spike in illness.”



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