China ignored staggering rise in influenza from 2018January 31, 2020
According to a report from Anbound some important signals for disease transmission were ignored.
Influenza outbreak data in China from 2018 onwards shows a staggering rise in influenza cases. But the authorities did not look into these datas.
Chinese officials did not take a rise from 150,000 annual cases to 1.4 million in 2019 seriously.
They simply ignored this sudden and abnormal rise in influenza, says the Think Tank.
This despite the fact that China has a specialised influenza surveillance center and network.
However, the purpose was to prevent the spread of influenza and viruses.
The worst part is the Chinese authorities did not think the alarming rate in outbreaks since 2018 were serious.
Data collected by agencies set up to monitor influenza and flu outbreaks shows there was a dangerous trend.
“Anbound researchers found that from 2018, the number of flu outbreaks in China began to rise abnormally. This was at an alarming rate.
“Data tracing back to December 2017 from the Chinese Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) shows an unexpected rise in flu cases,”
“Considering the seasonal outbreaks during winter, the number of infected patients in December 2017 was 120,000. A 400% increase compared to the same period,” says the Think Tank.
According to the World Health Organization, influenza affects 5% -10%
of adults and 20% -30% of children worldwide yearly.
This is about about 1 billion people getting influenza globally on an annual basis.
Most cases are mild, though the severe ones can go up to 3-5 million affected, with 290,000 to 650,000 resulting in fatality.
Since influenza viruses are susceptible to constant mutation it is difficult to predict. And this can lead to an ever-changing epidemic situation each year.
This make it imperious for authorities world wide to put more emphasis on the long-term prevention of influenza.
Influenza outbreak data in China shows a sharp and suspicious rise in cases from 2017 onwards.
From the (Dec-March) 2015-2016 and (Dec-March) 2016-2017 period, data shows there were 100,000 to 150,000 cases.
But from (Dec-March) 2017-2018, the number of infected people reached a staggering 600,000. The figure rose to 1.4 million in the 2018-2019 range.