Okinawa’s influenza epidemic second worst in nation

The seasonal flu is going around in Okinawa right now.

According to the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), about 1,240,000 people in Japan were reported having the flu last week, as reported by about 5,000 medical facilities throughout the country. The number of new cases doubled to about 200,000 from 100,000 in the previous week.

Western Japan is particularly hard hit. The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare predicts that the flu epidemic would peak at the end of January to early February.

According to the summary by NIID, Miyazaki Prefecture was worst hit according to the number of patients per medical institution, Okinawa was the second worst.

The flu virus spreads mainly when people cough or sneeze and spray the virus around. Seniors tend to become more seriously ill, but small children rarely get acute encephalopathy.

Washing hands and sterilization of household objects with some alcohol containing detergent are effective in prevention. In addition, humidity in the room should be kept low, having a balanced diet and taking enough rest would also help warding off the flu.