New map shows areas of Ireland worst hit by flu this winter 4 years ago

New map shows areas of Ireland worst hit by flu this winter

Have you avoided it?

We're in the throes of flu season in Ireland and it looks like very few parts of the country have managed to escape from this year's outbreak.

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The HSE has released two maps showing the areas worst affected by the illness.

The maps cover all strains of flu, including the Aussie flu which has killed a number of people in Ireland.

The data comes from the second half of December and shows how cases of the flu have increased and decreased in different areas of the country.

New HSE map shows areas of Ireland worst hit by winter flu

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In week 51 (December 18 - 24) the capital, midlands and parts of the west were worst affected.

New HSE map shows areas of Ireland worst hit by winter flu

In week 52 (December 25 - 31), meanwhile, the flu appeared to have eased off in Galway and Mayo, while cases increased in Sligo and Donegal.

The flu outbreak is continuing to impact hospitals across the country, where hundreds of patients have been forced to wait on trolleys during this busy period.

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The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) estimates that there are 575 people on trolleys in Irish hospitals today, up 20 from 555 yesterday but down over 100 from a record 677 last Wednesday.

The worst-effected hospitals today are St Vincent's (37 on trolleys), Cork University Hospital (33) and Dublin's Mater Hospital (32).

Responding to the trolley crisis, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said that 2018 will be the "year of reform" for the Irish health system.

 

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