FHI: The RS virus outbreak in Norway is still growing

FHIPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB
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The outbreak of the RS virus in Norway is still growing strongly, according to the FHI. 

“The number of positive samples is increasing, and the hospitals report an increasing number of admissions,” the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) wrote in its weekly report on Thursday.

The FHI writes that the number of positive RS samples seems to be at a very high level. Last week, 8,625 samples were analyzed for the RS virus. 2,300 of the samples, or 27%, were positive. The week before, the share was 17%.

The largest proportion of positive results for the RS virus was among children aged 0–4 years. In that age group, the share was 65% last week, compared with 48% the week before.

In the age group five to nine years, the proportion was 38% (29% the week before), but there was also a slight increase in the proportion of positive samples in other age groups.

Furthermore, there has been an increase in the proportion of positive samples from the RS virus in all Norwegian counties.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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