Toll from flu deaths rises above 100

Young girls dies in hos­pi­tal af­ter ill­ness, but over­all to­tal lower than last sea­son

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Doc­tors and med­i­cal ex­perts are wait­ing for the re­sults of a post­mortem ex­am­i­na­tion to con­firm whether an 8-year-old girl who died in a hos­pi­tal in the Pelo­pon­nese was the lat­est vic­tim of flu, which has claimed more than 100 lives in Greece since Oc­to­ber.

The child died yes­ter­day morn­ing in an in­ten­sive care unit at the Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Rio. She had been suf­fer­ing from a high fever for sev­eral days af­ter con­tract­ing type B flu, which is usu­ally con­sid­ered to be less dan­ger­ous than type A. De­spite not hav­ing a his­tory of other ill­nesses, the child’s health de­te­ri­o­rated rapidly last week.

If her death is con­firmed as be­ing caused by in­fluenza, it will take the to­tal num­ber of deaths dur­ing the lat­est flu sea­son, which be­gan with type A, to 102. This is sig­nif­i­cantly lower than last year, when 197 peo­ple died dur­ing the same pe­riod, but as of Mon­day, 14 peo­ple re­mained in ICUs. A to­tal of 267 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 15 chil­dren, were hos­pi­tal­ized since Oc­to­ber with se­ri­ous com­pli­ca­tions af­ter they con­tracted the flu.

An of­fi­cial at the Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion (KEELPNO) sug­gested yes­ter­day that Greece is not at the tail-end of this year’s flu sea­son.

Mean­while, health of­fi­cials are con­cerned about three pos­si­ble cases of tu­ber­cu­lo­sis at the Aghios Ste­fanos prison in Pa­tra.

The three in­mates have been trans­ferred to hos­pi­tals in Rio and Athens for treat­ment. Some prison guards ex­pressed con­cerns to lo­cal me­dia about the al­leged lack of health checks at the jail.

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