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Thousands in Slovakia hit by flu bug as wave sweeps countryside

The Slovak cabinet allocated 100 million Sk to fight an influenza wave which hit Slovakia during the first week of February. On February 5, the ministers gathered for a special cabinet sitting to take anti-flu measures. State-run VsZP, the biggest health insurer with more than three million clients, earmarked 15 million Sk from its reserve funds for flu medications.

The Cabinet-released funds will flow into pharmacies and hospitals in flu epidemic centers and cover costs related to the disease exclusively.

During the first week in February, state health institutions recorded twice as many respiratory diseases in Slovakia as one week before. Žilina and Banská Bystrica regions reported the most flu related illnesses, while Bratislava enjoyed the lowest rate of flu.

In Liptovský Mikuláš and Ružomberok districts, school holidays were prolonged until February 12 and kindergartens and nursery schools were closed.

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