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PHA: Flu rates in Northern Ireland have fallen over the past week but there have been three deaths

The Public Health Agency (PHA) said flu rates in Northern Ireland have fallen over the past week. Picture by PA

FLU rates in Northern Ireland have fallen over the past week, new figures reveal.

However, the Public Health Agency (PHA) said another three deaths had been confirmed over the past seven days.

In its latest bulletin, the PHA said there has been a "decrease in flu activity" during the third week of this year with the number of people attending GP surgeries and out-of-hours services in the north both falling.

The latest report shows that GP consultation rates decreased from 65.2 per 100,000 population in the second week of January to 52.1 per 100,000 in the third week of the year.

The number of patients visiting out-of-hours services with flu-like symptoms also fell from 29.1 per 100,000 population in week two to 27.8 per 100,000 in the third week of January.

The PHA also said all positive influenza specimens had fallen slightly from 45 per cent in the second week of 2018 to 40 per cent in week three.

The figures also reveal that the number of detections of influenza on hospital wards across the north has decreased from 273 in week two to 230 in week three.

There were also 14 cases reported influenza reported in intensive care units in the past week with another three deaths.

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