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17 Jan 2020 | 07:06 PM UTC

Italy: At least 3 million affected by influenza nationwide January 15

Officials report 3 million influenza cases since October 2019, as of January 15; further spread of the disease possible



The Italian Higher Health Institute (ISS) has recorded 3 million cases of flu since October 2019, as of Wednesday, January 15. Between January 6 and January 12, an estimated 374,000 individuals were diagnosed with influenza. The Piedmont, Lombardy, Liguria, Umbria, and Lazio regions remain the most affected areas. Public health officials have advised that all eligible individuals should receive a vaccine.

Further spread of the virus is possible in the coming weeks and months.


Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. An annual vaccine is available.


Individuals in Italy are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading communicable diseases (e.g. wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid contact with sick individuals, etc.), and consult a medical professional regarding influenza vaccination options.