The flu and SARS season in Kyiv was affected by the war and the evacuation of people

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The epidemic season was characterized by low intensity of the epidemic process.

The 2022-2023 epidemic season for influenza and SARS has ended in the capital. This was reported in the “Kyiv City Center for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Health”.

During the 2022-2023 season, more than 10% of Kyiv’s population fell ill with influenza and SARS.

This season, influenza A and B viruses were circulating simultaneously with SARS-CoV-2, rhinovirus, metapneumovirus, adenovirus, and RS virus, in contrast to the previous season, when SARS-CoV-2 dominated the circulating viruses.

The epidemic season was significantly affected by the full-scale military invasion of the Russian Federation into Ukraine and the relocation of the capital’s residents to safer areas.

During the period from the 40th week of 2022 to the 20th week of 2023, 306,761 people (10.4% of the city’s population) fell ill with flu and SARS in Kyiv, which is 1.4 times less than in the same period of the 2021-2022 season.

A slight increase in incidence occurred at weeks 8 and 12 of the epidemic season, but the incidence remained low in intensity and below the epidemic threshold.

Since the beginning of the epidemic season, 145,011 children under the age of 17 fell ill, which is 25.9% of the children’s population and 4.9% of the city’s population.

In the structure of morbidity, children accounted for 47.3% of the total number of patients with influenza and SARS. The indicator of morbidity is the number of sick schoolchildren. In the reporting season, the highest morbidity among schoolchildren was registered in the 8th week of the epidemic season — 3,608 cases, which accounted for 52.1% of the total number of all sick children and 25.1% of the total number of people who sought medical help. The morbidity of students was also significantly affected by the remote form of education of part of the students, which contributed to the separation.

9,065 patients with influenza and SARS (3.0% of the total number of patients) were hospitalized in the city’s health care facilities, of which 3,168 were children.

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