Already 3700 flu cases have been reported in Bavaria
In some regions of Germany, the current flu season started much earlier than in previous years. Significantly more diseases were registered in Bavaria than in the comparable period last winter. Experts are not sure whether there is a big flu wave.
More than 1000 new diseases in a week
Fever, headache, body aches: The flu wave is in full swing. According to a report by the dpa news agency, the number of flu cases in Bavaria has risen to around 3,700 this season. The State Office for Health (LGL) in Erlangen therefore announced that over 1,000 new diseases were registered in the past week alone.
Flu season started earlier this time
According to the information, there were only 564 cases at the comparable time in winter 2015 to 2016. However, the current flu season started at the beginning of December - instead of the middle of January, as in previous years.
According to agency information, the most violent flu wave last occurred in winter 2014/2015. At its peak, the LGL counted around 2,500 cases in one week alone.
According to health experts, no statement can yet be made as to whether the season has only been moved forward and waning earlier, or whether there will be an increase in cases in the end.
Don't take it lightly
"Influenza (flu) is better to treat today and under different medical conditions than at the beginning of the last century," wrote the LGL on its website.
But: "For people with underlying diseases, flu can be a life-threatening complication."
Because of the similar symptoms, patients are often not at all sure whether a flu or a flu infection is responsible for their symptoms. Not all of them go to the doctor, and people with cold symptoms are not always tested for influenza there either.
In contrast to the cold, which usually begins slowly, the flu occurs suddenly and manifests itself among other things through high fever, joint and limb pain, chills, and headache.
According to experts, deaths from the flu virus are not uncommon. According to estimates by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), around 20,000 people died of flu nationwide in the 2014/15 season. (ad)