Chinese media Sina News on July 25 cited “Health Times” as reporting that there have been 11 deaths from influenza across the country up to now.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs.

Guangdong Provincial Health and Health Commission announced on July 19 that four influenza-related deaths were reported in the province in June.

In addition to the data from Guangdong in June, data released by China’s National Health Commission shows that seven people died of influenza between January and May of this year.

In June, the Chinese CDCs in Guangdong, Jiangxi, Fujian, Hainan, Guangxi, and other southern provinces also issued influenza alerts.

According to data from the China Influenza Center, the Influenza A virus subtype H3N2 predominates this year. In addition, the positive rate of influenza virus detection in southern provinces is rising.

On July 24, Zhou Jipu, chief physician of the Department of Respiratory Medicine of Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, told the Health Times that most influenza cases have a high chance of self-healing. However, it can cause serious complications such as otitis media, pneumonia, and myocarditis and sometimes lead to death. 

The number of outpatients treated for fever, especially among children, has considerably risen throughout Fujian Province, and outpatient visits have increased from 15,000 to 33,000 daily since June.

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