French hospitals overwhelmed by flu epidemic

January 11, 2017

French hospitals are being stretched to their limits by a major flu epidemic sweeping the country, France's health authorities warn.

Thousands of mostly elderly people have been admitted due to a winter outbreak of a of the virus known as H3N2.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine told hospital directors Tuesday that the latest figures showed a "worrying" situation with the epidemic yet to reach its peak.

This winter's virus is a cousin of a flu that contributed to 18,000 deaths two years ago, public say.

At the weekend, the health ministry ordered a probe into the deaths of 13 residents of a nursing home in the eastern city of Lyon late last month.

Explore further: France warns of epidemic after chikungunya deaths in Antilles, Guiana

Related Stories

French Caribbean facing Zika epidemic, taking extra measures

February 3, 2016

Two French regions in the Caribbean face an epidemic of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which was just declared a global public health emergency, and France's government is sending extra hospital equipment and preparing extra ...

Oman reports three swine flu deaths

May 28, 2014

Omani health authorities announced Wednesday three deaths this month from the swine flu virus, the official ONA news agency reported.

Recommended for you

$460-mn vaccine push to 'outsmart' viruses

January 19, 2017

With the world still reeling from outbreaks of deadly Ebola and baby-deforming Zika, governments and charities launched a $460-million (431 million-euro) initiative Thursday to "outsmart" infectious epidemics.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.