On July 25, Chinese media reported that the H3N2 influenza virus had broken out in many parts of mainland China. H3N2 is an influenza A virus strain, that causes influenza and dangerous complications that are common in humans. The number of flu cases in mainland China from January to May was nearly 600,000, and the total number of deaths was 11 people. Recently, many other provinces have issued emergency notices one by one.

According to a report from Health Times, on July 19, Guangdong Provincial Health and Health Commission announced the province’s flu epidemic in June 2022, with a total of four deaths.

According to the overview report on the flu epidemic situation across the country from January to May released by the Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention under the National Health and Health Commission of China, seven people were infected with the virus and died from January to May. Up to now, the whole country has had 11 deaths from Flu.

Vision Times said, according to reports from many places, the current virus strain is type A H3N2, which is a subgroup of avian and human influenza viruses.

On July 24, Zhou Jipu, chief physician of the Respiratory Department of Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, told Health Times, “Flu tends to be seasonal. Most are benign and with likely high self-healing ability but can also cause serious complications, such as otitis media, pneumonia, myocarditis, etc. Severe cases can lead to death. In addition, elderly people and those with underlying congenital medical conditions such as diabetes or chronic heart failure are even more at risk and should not take it lightly.”

On June 23, the Fujian Provincial Health and Health Commission issued a “Notice on further improvement of medical services for fever patients.” The notice said, “Recently, Fujian Province has entered the season with a high incidence of influenza … In the fever clinics in Fujian province, the number of pediatric patients has increased significantly. Since June, The average daily outpatient visit has increased from 15,000 to 33,000 due to infectious diseases such as Flu and covid-19.”

A netizen from Guangdong, Zhuang Shidehe, said on July 21, “This wave of H3N2 is very intense. For example, the number of patients registered at Guangzhou Obstetrics and Gynecology Center during the peak period on May 6 exceeded 2,500 cases in a single day. Seven out of 100 outpatients developed a flu-like illness, and in some children’s hospitals, the time an outpatient waits for service can take a few hours. According to the Guangdong Provincial Health and Medical Commission data, there were four deaths from influenza in June.”

Some netizens also questioned vaccines and viruses on Zhihu—a famous Chinese Q&A website: “Humans have not been able to develop a vaccine that can effectively control influenza in 82 years, but they were able to make many new vaccines within a year. So there are only two possibilities: either the Omicron variant virus or the Omicron (strain) vaccine is fake.”

According to previous reports by Chinese media, many patients had to wait in long lines at fever clinics in southern provinces of mainland China, and more than half the students in some schools have symptoms. As a result, urgent warnings have been issued in many places, mainly for influenza type A (H3N2).

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