The risk of a global surge in flu cases is “out of balance”, a leading expert has said, as countries around the world continue to ease COVID measures and international travel increases – providing more opportunities for the virus to spread. Huh.
After more than 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions, during which the spread of influenza has been suppressed, scientists fear a resurgence of cases among vulnerable groups and those who have reduced immunity.
However, the latest influenza update from the World Health Organization hit a positive note, saying that, globally, cases “remain at lower levels than expected at this time of year”.
There have been no recent detections in tropical South America, tropical Africa or Southeast Asia, the monitoring report said. As of 29 August, “few” cases had been reported in Western, Central and East Africa, while sporadic detections were seen in the Caribbean and Central America.
However, detections in India and Nepal “continue to increase”, the WHO said.
were in england No positive cases of influenza identified by health officials In the week till 14 September.
But John McCauley, director of the World Influenza Center at the Francis Crick Institute, called for caution and said it was difficult to predict how severe the flu would become in the coming months.
“We are likely to be more vulnerable to the flu because the overall population immunity would not have been built up in the previous winter and would therefore be reduced,” he said. Granthshala.
“But we may be less exposed because the level of flu in circulation is relatively low. So it keeps it in balance.
“Note, however, that India is reporting some flu activity, as is Qatar, and China had activity over the past eight months. Therefore, the risk will increase as travel increases.”
Countries have reopened their borders to foreign travelers in recent months, with airline companies increasing flight numbers to meet increased travel demand.
According to data released by Eurostat, commercial flights in the EU increased by 72.8 percent in July compared to the previous year and by 47.6 percent in August.
In anticipation of a large increase in flu cases across the UK, the government has launched its largest vaccination program in history, offering the vaccine in the form of a jab or nasal spray to more than 35 million people.
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