Hospital admissions for flu rose sharply last week, according to the Infectious Disease Surveillance Center (IDSC).
According to the center, admissions up to Jan 13 were over three times higher than the week before. Nationally, an average of 12.07 patients per institution were admitted for treatment, up from 3.91 the week before. The IDSC says last week marked the first time this year the number has risen to over 10 patients per institution, TBS reported Sunday.
Most patients had been admitted for Type A influenza subtype H3N2, known in Japan as “Hong Kong Type A,” the center says. When broken down by prefecture, the highest average number of reported admissions per institution was in Gunma, which saw 27.71 patients, followed by Ibaraki with 25.88 and then Chiba with 22.52. The IDSC also said the infection rate was especially high throughout Kanto.
The IDSC said that it expects infections to continue to increase and has called on the public to wash their hands regularly, to gargle when arriving home and to receive vaccination shots in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.