Sarajevo’s main hospital said it put on hold private visits to patients amid a flue season. The move is supposed to slow down the flu outbreak that claimed eight lives this year.
Eight people have died from flu or flu-like infections in January and February, said the Federation entity’s public health authority. Most of them had an underlying condition or weren’t vaccinated against flu.
The flu season usually starts in December and culminates in January and February. Just under twenty thousand people contracted flu in Bosnia by now. The Federation’s public health authority expects the figure to go up until the end of flu season, but there is reportedly no reason to panic, as the number of fatalities this year is below the average.
Two persons who died this year were diagnosed with the swine flu strain. One of them was hospitalized in Zenica and the other one in Tuzla.
Prevention is the best way to stay safe, epidemiologists say. Immunization and lack of physical contact are the most effective methods.