By THE PULSE NEWS MEXICO STAFF
The number of flu cases reported in Mexico increased by nearly 38 percent during the first week of 2018, compared to the last week of 2017, according to World Health Organization (WHO) sources.
The deadly winter flu season, which began early this year across North America, has infected a record number of people, with more than two and a half times as many victims this season as compared to the 2016-2017 season, a WHO spokesperson said.
In Mexico, the disease is now spreading like wildfire, having infected 37.64 percent more people in the first week of January, as compared with the last week of December.
According to the Mexican General Office of Epidemiology, in the first seven days of 2018, at least 735 new cases of flu were diagnosed in the country, with nine deaths from the disease so far this year.
Mexican health authorities are recommending all high-risk patients be vaccinated, even though the effectiveness of this year’s vaccine is estimated to be only about 10 to 30 percent.