20 Aug 2015

Flu at epidemic level in South Canterbury

7:23 pm on 20 August 2015

Flu cases are continuing to rise around the country, with the highest incidence in South Canterbury.

Child wearing flu mask

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The latest weekly update from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research has confirmed the rise nationally.

It said there had been 487 consultations with family doctors for influenza-related illnesses in the past week alone - up from 396 the previous week.

Flu is recorded as being at epidemic level in South Canterbury, and is also high in Whanganui and the neighbouring Mid-Central District.

Levels are now at, or close to, levels seen in 2010 and 2012 when flu was also particularly high.

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