Number of new flu patients surging since New Year’s

Japan’s authorities are warning of an outbreak of the new H1N1 strain of influenza in the country, with the number of patients surging since the onset of New Year.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases suggested that those in their 20s, 30s and 40s as well as infants aged less than 5 get vaccinated early, as the number of new flu patients in these age groups was relatively small in last season.

"The new flu is beginning to spread on a full-fledged scale," Yoshinori Yasui, a senior researcher at the institute’s Infection Disease Surveillance Center, said.

"The new influenza can cause even adults to develop pneumonia that can become serious rapidly, so we want people to go to see doctors without delay if they develop some symptoms of the new flu," Yasui said.

Cases of the type-A Hong Kong influenza were initially the mainstream shortly after the influenza season came into full force late last year.

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