Some 500-700 thousand in Bulgaria flu-stricken

Dr. Angel Kunchev, head republican health inspector prognosticated before the BNR that a flu epidemic of average or above average intensity would affect 8-10 percent of the population.

That means between 500 000 and 700 000 persons. He specified that the epidemic is expected within 3-4 weeks. The virus Victoria, expected end January, is of the classic type H3N2. It is known in this country but is expected to affect more people, most vulnerable being the children and people above 65 years of age. The figures are evaluated in North America, where the proliferation of the virus is already quite serious. The state of New York proclaimed an extraordinary health situation.

Adapted from BNR