Canary Islands remains within the epidemic wave of influenza that reached the archipelago in the middle of the month, although during the last week the decline in the incidence of the disease has begun. With everything, the virus has already claimed the lives of 18 people in the Islands and accumulates a total of 200 serious cases admitted to Canarian hospitals.
These data, collected in the latest report of the disease surveillance network of the Canary Health Service (SCS), are "within the expected", according to the head of Epidemiology of the General Directorate of Public Health, Domingo Núñez Gallo. "We are in the epidemic wave, we do not know how long it will last, but it is normal that there are more people admitted, more serious cases and more deaths."
At the moment, the latest report places the influenza incidence rate at 116.55 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which according to the text corresponds to a "low intensity epidemic situation". This is the second week in which the epidemic threshold is exceeded, although it represents a drop compared to the first: in seven days it has gone from 154.16 to the final 116.55.
However, this circumstance is accompanied by an increase in cases with the most relevant complications. On the one hand, the number of deaths due to the virus amounts to 18, which is two more than the previous week, while hospital admissions with serious flu criteria rise to 200, compared to the 181 registered until the previous week. The SCS report points out that eight out of ten had risk factors and almost 25% had to be hospitalized in the ICU. There are another 290 cases of influenza in people admitted to hospitals, without serious flu criteria.
As is usual in the reports on the pathology, most patients with complications are among the groups with risk factors and most have not been vaccinated. In response, the head of Epidemiology recalls that "immunization achieves 85% fewer deaths than those who do not get vaccinated."
According to the Public Health data, a total of 175,077 islanders have received the drug so far, which means around 3% more than in the same week of last season. On the other hand, in just one week, about 3.5% less was vaccinated than on the same date in 2018, with increases only in Tenerife, Fuerteventura and La Palma.