ALMOST 500 extra staff have been call in to tackle this year’s flu epidemic in southern Spain.

The last week of 2017 saw more than 188 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Andalucia, surpassing 2016’s 181.

It comes before the expected peak in the third and last week of this month, meaning cases are expected to rise.

The average health centre in the region has seen a 25% increase in emergencies, according to the Junta.


According to the Junta’s Ministry of Health, the increase in emergencies is up 25% in many health centres and hospitals across Andalucia.

The total amount of cases is up 13.5% compared to last year.


In total, the region’s health ministry has hired 438 extra professionals.

This year’s flu is not life-threatening, with health professionals advising that you should feel better within a week and that in most cases, you will not need to see your doctor.


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