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Big chill not helping with flu virus

The flu epidemic which has hit the Canary Islands is being linked to sun-starved British tourists bringing in viruses and the marked drop in local temperatures.


Tenerife health resources, including hospitals, have been stretched to the limit and large numbers of visitors have been seeking help from doctors and pharmacies.Health figures account for 198 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and so far 12 deaths.

Doctors believe there is a direct link to the flu virus and holiday flights which no longer have air filters because of the ban on smoking . “This means many travellers can actual bring the virus with them and it manifests itself in crowded places,” they say.Meantime, tourists say symptoms begin to kick in a couple of days after arrival and, in some cases, long-stay visitors complain they have been ill for more than a month.

Chilly nighttime temperatures bring a sharp contrast in temperatures.


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