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12th April 2022, 16:26

​Gibraltar experiencing an outbreak of Influenza A, with one of the hospital wards impacted

Gibraltar is currently experiencing an outbreak of Influenza A, with one of the hospital wards impacted.

The Director of Public Health, Doctor Helen Carter asks those with flu symptoms to take sensible precautions to avoid placing vulnerable friends and families at risk.

Over the past 2 years, Gibraltar has seen very low levels of circulating influenza which is likely the result of reduced social mixing and good respiratory hygiene. However, the Department of Health says it's unusual to see influenza cases this late in the year, which means the vaccines administered last autumn are now waning. Nevertheless, it says while influenza is unpleasant, most people will recover within a week. However, it can be serious for the very young and elderly.

Public Health says the symptoms are similar to Covid-19: A high temperature, cough, blocked nose, muscle aches, sore throat and tiredness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms, but has tested negative for Covid, is advised to stay at home until 24 hours after the fever has passed.

Those with flu symptoms should avoid Elderly Residential Services and the hospital to avoid placing the vulnerable at risk.

The GHA will not be offering tests for Influenza A, but recommends over-the-counter treatments such as paracetamol to treat symptoms.