Thursday, 13 January 2011

Questions (39)

Willie Penrose

Question:

32 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of persons who contracted H1N1 virus since the beginning of 2011; the number of such persons who have been hospitalised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [1554/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Health and Children)

The Health Service Executive (HSE) is responsible for the monitoring of infectious diseases in the country. The latest data which the HSE has available for the 2010/2011 flu season is that as of 9th January 2011 a total of 985 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Ireland, of which 796 were H1N1. A total of 393 patients have been hospitalised with flu and 72 have been admitted to ICU.