The number of flu patients rapidly increased by 550,000 people during the first week of February, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said Monday.
In the week to Feb 7, hospitals nationwide had reported 1,870,000 flu patients, the institute said.
The epidemic is spreading mainly around the Kanto region and Kyushu, and this is beyond the warning level issued by the center in 40 prefectures, TBS reported. The greatest number of patients per medical institution is 68.98 patients in Okinawa, followed by 60.03 in Oita and 56.08 in Miyazaki.
The flu is continuing to spread mainly among children. The number of patients categorised by age group showed that 690,000 in the 0-9 age group have contracted the flu, while there are 340,000 patients in the 10-19 age range.
The institute is advising people to get their flu shots, wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water, and practice general preventative measures in an effort to ward off further flu outbreaks until at least the end of February.© Japan Today