Fall in number of flu virus deaths reported

Levels of flu in Scotland have fallen below the number expected in a normal flu season.

Thirteen people died last week and 29 were admitted to intensive care, according to the Scottish government's latest figures.

However, this was fewer than would be expected in a usual flu season.

Since the start of the flu season, there have been 40 deaths and 145 people have required intensive care treatment.

The latest figures, released by Health Protection Scotland, showed the rate of GP consultations for flu-like illness across Scotland fall from the previous week's figure of 55.8 to 42.9 per 100,000.

However, consultation rates for children under one increased in the last week from 191 to 286 per 100,000.

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "It is good to see that the number of people consulting their GP with a flu-like illness has decreased and is now below what we would expect to see during a normal flu season.

"I am also pleased that we are continuing to see fewer people needing treatment in an intensive care unit because of flu."

She added: "Although this could be an indication that the peak of flu activity has now passed, we cannot be certain and we remain vigilant."

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