Sunday 4 December 2016

Twelfth swine flu death and third case of Zika here

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. Photo: AP
The Aedes aegypti mosquito is a vector for transmitting the Zika virus. Photo: AP

Another patient has died from swine flu, while a third case of the Zika virus has been confirmed in Ireland.

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The death toll from swine flu has risen to 12 so far this winter, but there will be some relief as figures show that the flu season has peaked, with signs that it is slowly waning.

There have been 16 confirmed deaths from all types of flu this winter, mostly from swine flu and the B strain of the illness.

GPs continue to see a lot of influenza-type illness, particularly among young children.

Meanwhile, the third case of the Zika virus in Ireland is a patient who returned from Barbados.

Two other people who returned here from Columbia since the beginning of the year also tested positive for the virus.

It also emerged yesterday the Health Protection Surveillance Centre was informed of another person who had the virus here after coming back from Columbia some time last year.

The Zika virus has hit the headlines all over the world as people fear it could be linked to microcephaly in babies, which causes infants to be born with abnormally small heads.

There are fears there could be cases in parts of southern Europe this summer.

Irish Independent

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