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Flu season less harsh than last year

The seasonal influenza is less harsh that the previous year, said Ningbo City Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this Tuesday.

According to Yi Bo, director of CDC's Department of Communicable Disease Prevention, Ningbo's hospitals at municipal-level received more outpatients with upper respiratory tract infections in recent days, but the number is below the level of the same period in 2012. The monitored hospitals received a daily average of 600 flu patients recently. The number usually fluctuates between 400 to 600 while it reached 1,200 during the peak period last year.

Data released by influenza surveillance stations show that the number of patients with influenza symptoms does not increase over the same period in the previous two years. The CDC so far hasn't discovered influenza virus from the specimens of influenza yet.

The local CDC suggested the public, particularly the elderly and children, keeping their houses well ventilated and avoiding crowd whenever possible during the flu season. The CDC also urged children, the elderly and medical workers to get vaccinated for the upcoming flu season

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