Flu hotspots map shows '˜very high' reports in Portsmouth as Aussie flu strain hits UK

A map showing flu hotspots, including the potentially Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the UK, has shown Portsmouth is among the areas with the highest cases reported.

Friday, 5th January 2018, 1:20 pm
Updated Friday, 5th January 2018, 1:22 pm
Portsmouth is one of the country's hotspots for flu cases. Picture: FluSurvey

The interactive map shows the areas with the worst outbreaks of the illness reported.

Updated every three minutes, the map shows all types of the flu bug, including the potentially deadly Aussie flu strain which has arrived in the UK. The map indicates a gradient of no reports (blue) to ‘very high reports’ (red) of all types of flu as reported by users.

Users upload reports themselves, and the data from the FluSurvey map is used by scientists at Public Health England and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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It comes after news that thousands of patients nationwide - including at Portsmouth’s QA Hospital - could face delays to operations due to NHS winter pressures.

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The map shows Portsmouth in red, the highest category, as well as Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville, Hayling Island and Chichester.

Public health officials have warned people who are eligible for a free flu vaccine to get it ‘without delay’.

People should recover from normal flu within a week or so, although some symptoms like a cough can last longer.

If you are still ill after seven days, it is a possible indication of a more serious sickness.