Flu-related aged care deaths reach 21 in Tasmania: ABC

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A number of fresh flu outbreaks at the state’s aged care facilities have contributed to at least seven deaths in the past week, according to Senior Medical Adviser at the Tasmanian Department of Health and Human Services Dr Mark Veitch.

He’s told ABC Radio Hobart that said the deaths were often due to the “fundamental frailty of the people who are getting influenza, unfortunately”.

“These people have died in nursing home outbreaks not necessarily of influenza but it’s likely for many of them influenza would have contributed to their deaths,” Dr Veitch said.

He said while the flu season was easing, the recent media coverage had led to more testing in aged care homes and caused a spike in the number of cases reported.