Severe flu virus results in deaths

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An aggressive influensa virus that’s been sweeping over Norway in recent weeks has now been blamed for at least 14 deaths, including four elderly patients at a nursing home in Molde.

Norway’s public health institute (Folkehelseinstituttet, FHI) has released statistics for the first time showing how many have died of the flu in the intensive care wards of Norwegian hospitals. The weekly numbers have been much higher than last winter, with 10 deaths tied directly to this year’s flu outbreak. Then came the reports of the four deaths in Molde.

Health authorities think the numbers of people admitted to hospital because of severe flu topped out last last week. Several other viruses are making the rounds this winter, though. Most cases of the flu have been reported in southeastern Norway, where most people live, but all counties have registered cases, from north to south. staff