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Common flu patients in Japan fall to 10-year low late-January

Authorities say coronavirus fears have improved personal hygiene

A child receives influenza vaccination at a hospital in Tokyo. (Photo by Tomoki Mera)

TOKYO/NEW YORK -- Japan saw the lowest number of flu patients late-January in roughly 10 years, in part due to preventive measures against the Wuhan coronavirus that has spread throughout the world, authorities said.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases said that 18 patients per clinic tested positive for common influenza at around 5,000 hospitals and clinics in Japan between Jan. 20 and Jan. 26. This was the lowest number since 6.46 were recorded in a week in 2010.

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