Although the Christmas holidays have now ended, many Danes are still away from
work due to the outbreak of flu that hit Denmark up to the Xmas period.
The Capital Region Influenza Committee says that the outbreak is the worst to
hit Denmark since November 2009, when the Swine flu or H1N1 pandemic hit the
Greater Copenhagen seems to have been worst hit over the Xmas holidays, with
emergency doctors having to call in extra staff to answer the many calls
from an ailing general public.
“We haven’t experienced anything like this since 2009. We have had minor
outbreaks since then, but nothing that has caused as much work for the
emergency doctors,” says Flu Committee Chairman Prof. Jens Lundgren.
Despite the extra work, Lundgren says he is happy that people appear to have
been taking the outbreak seriously.
“If flu develops into, for example, pneumonia, it is a serious matter and can
be life threatening,” he says, adding that some people have been admitted to
intensive care wards.
“We will not know quite how many have been admitted to intensive care wards,
or have died as a result of complications, before next week at the
earliest,” he says.
Despite the many cases of flu, the national Serum Institute says the 2012-2013
outbreak has not been of epidemic proportions.
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