LARGE parts of mainland Spain are officially griped in a flu epidemic but a report released yesterday revealed that, for the moment, the Balearics has the lowest number of cases per capita in Spain.
Medical sources have forecast that, if a flu epidemic is going to stretch to the Balearics, it will break out the week after next but, based on yesterday's figures of 43 cases per 100'000 people, the Balearics could escape the worst of the flu outbreak this year,
In Asturias, for example, the health service is having to treat 600 flu patients per 100'000 people.
As we reported yesterday, the Balearic health service is on standby and ready to respond to an epidemic. However, anyone showing the symptoms is urged to first go and see their GP or local surgery before rushing to their local hospital in order to ease the pressure on the health service in the event of a major outbreak.