“If you include the XXXX flu it’s a epidemic!” said World Heath Organisation spokesperson, Dr Stef Ascope (41).
Queensland has had a shocker year for cases of Influenza, with over 50 people dying from flu like symptoms, but the World Health Organisation claims the real figures of contamination are much higher. Dr Stef Ascope (41) from Norway has studied Queensland influenza outbreaks over the past 20 years and believes that when you include all known cases of the native XXXX flu, the figure is much higher.
“There have been 25,000 cases of influenza in Queensland this year, but that’s if you don’t count the good old XXXX flu. If you include the XXXX flu it’s a epidemic,” said Dr Stef. “There are five million people in Queensland and if you did count it there’d be at least two million cases of flu up north every year,” said Dr Stef.
Despite being labelled an alarmist, Dr Stef stumped critics when he displayed data that not only included the XXXX flu but also the notorious northern Bundy Bug, suggesting that upwards of three million Queenslanders are effected every year.
Given that Queensland just lost the State of Origin series, it’s fair to say that on Thursday morning this week Dr Stef’s estimates are probably a little on the low side.