Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 Swine Flu - Update 146
There are a total of 3143 confirmed cases of Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 swine flu, up from 3130 on 31 August. These are people who have returned a positive laboratory test for pandemic influenza (H1N1) 09. The actual number of cases of Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 will be significantly higher, as only a small proportion of people with symptoms have been tested.
The number of deaths from Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) swine flu is 17. These are deaths where swine flu was a primary cause. Other deaths are being investigated by the Coroner's office.
The number of swine flu cases appears to be abating in New Zealand but the virus will not disappear altogether. It is important people maintain good hygiene habits : covering coughs and sneezes, hand washing and staying at home while sick.
Numbers of people in hospitals with the Pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09
As at midday today, a total of seven people are reported to be in hospital with pandemic Influenza (H1N1) 09 or its complications. DHBs are no longer required to separately report the number of people with pandemic influenza who are in Intensive Care Units (ICU). This is because the numbers are now low and the pressure on ICU beds is reduced.
Healthline has continued to receive a high number of influenza-related calls over the past week. The total number of calls answered by Healthline nurses continues to be about 20 percent above normal levels.
The data below are from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research's (ESR) sentinel general practice surveillance system. It shows that at its peak, the weekly influenza-like illness (ILI) consultation rates this year were nearly three times higher than the winter peak experienced in the last two years. The number of ILI consultations continues to decrease.