“With 417 consultations per 100,000 inhabitants, the epidemic threshold of flu has been largely taken for the second consecutive week. PSI formalizes the epidemic in Belgium. ” Among the respiratory samples analyzed by the institute, 64% were positive (44% to 56% strains and B strains).

In addition, the number of consultations for influenza-like illness in general rose sharply between 1 and 7 February 2016 and “remained at a significantly higher level than the epidemic threshold,” said the ISP. “All the conditions are now met to officially declare the outbreak of influenza in Belgium”, which comes late this year, announced Dr. Isabelle Thomas.

The epidemic peak is expected in the coming weeks.

To limit the transmission, better to avoid the maximum contacts that are not essential and frequent hand washing.