The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday about increasing flu activity in the U.S. As of the year-end, the illness strikes in nine states. The states are experiencing high flu activity include Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, New Mexico, Maryland, Kentucky, and Louisiana. In addition to this, New York City also got affected due to the virus. According to the CDC, the virus spread more rapidly during the Christmas and holiday season. The number of influenza cases in Saskatchewan for the 2018-19 season seems to be double than the previous year.
Health officials in Louisville say that the number of flu patients is exploding. Dr. Evan Davidson with Norton Healthcare said he observed more of cases in the previous month. However, statistical data from the Douglas County Health Department reveals a total of 356 cases of influenza in the current week. Looking at all those figures one thing is clear that flu season has officially started. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the infamous strain is a dominant of H1N1. It is the same strain which resulted in the death of 50 million people between 1918 and 1920. The geographical data discloses the flu activity spread across 11 states. The CDC said Influenza A viruses have been affecting the U.S. since October. In addition to this, Influenza B viruses are also circulating in the country.
The flu resulted in 4 deaths during the last week of December. Besides, 11 children died due to the illness during 2018. Unfortunately, the flu-season of 2017-2018 was the most disastrous season with more than 80,000 deaths. Health experts say the current flu season has a piece of good news as well as one bad news. Dr. Martha Whyte says the good news is that the vaccine is effectively working in this flu season. Dr. Whyte is the Regional Health Director of the Louisiana Department of Health. According to her, the bad news is the H1N1 and H3N2 viruses are more powerful than last year. The CDC recommends people to get flu vaccine which would protect them from flu. Although the shot won’t prevent all cases of the flu, it decreases the intensity and duration of symptoms.
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