An epidemic of influenza has begun in Belarus. The Ministry of Health reports that at present, isolated cases of influenza are reported. In Lithuania, 16 people died from the flu, in Latvia – 25, in Ukraine – 30, in France – 1100. In Poland, according to the National Institute of Public Health, 7 deaths were recorded. The dead were not vaccinated against influenza, according to the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
Severe cases were observed in hospital settings due to B virus, but also due to A(H3N2) and A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses. Overall, the majority of severe cases were due to influenza virus type B infection and mostly were persons 40 years of age or older. Patients in intensive care units were mostly infected by influenza type A virus.
According to the data of the WHO Regional Office for Europe, the wide spread of influenza viruses is registered in 26 countries in the European region. Doctors report an increase in the activity of influenza A (H1N1) pdm09, A (H3N2) and B viruses. Of these, the most common is A (H1N1) pdm09. Influenza-dependent patients are mostly ill.