Three more flu patients in Hong Kong died on Wednesday (Jan 10), prompting the Centre for Health Protection to advise people to adopt measures to protect themselves during the cold season in a news release on Friday.
However, there is no evidence so far the "Aussie flu" strain - which was circulating here last winter and led to a severe season of illness - is more aggressive this year. "And so because of those things, we can see a lot of influenza that gets transmitted".
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the flu is widespread everywhere in the USA except for Hawaii and the District of Columbia.
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The CDC notes that the particularly virulent substrain H3N2 is dominating the severe cases, and while some cases are being reported in Montana, that's not something they often test for, Allen said.
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I symptoms persist or get worse, then seek medical advise. Eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asian countries had slightly lower but still high rates of flu-associated respiratory deaths. In the same time frame previous year, Callaway County had 37 confirmed cases of influenza A.
The Alabama Influenza Surveillance Map from the ADPH declared there to be a widespread level of influenza across the state for the week ending on January 6. Texas is second only to Arkansas in the percentage of doctor visits linked to the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control announced on Friday that it would delay a nuclear preparedness teaching session to focus instead on a more quotidian danger: the flu.
The PHA says that flu detections increased slightly in the first week of 2018, with the AH3 and B strains predominating. When compared to last year's total number of beds taken for influenza sufferers, this year's statistics are up approximately 35 percent from exactly one year ago. "It's how we get different strains".
That, along with a shortage of some of the vaccines because much of it is manufactured in Puerto Rico, which has been hit hard with hurricanes and a lack of relief, Gila Regional Medical Center CEO Taffy Arias told Grant County commissioners Thursday, is causing a high number of flu cases in Grant County. For the first time in 13 years - for as long as they have been monitoring flu activity in this particular way - this is the first time we have seen nearly the same activity across the country.
The H and N designations are initials for two proteins - hemagglutinin and neuraminidase - both of which stipple the surface of a flu virus.
The H3N2 strain is more risky to patients over 65, under 2 and to those of any age deemed high-risk due to other health issues, such as chronic diseases.
Influenza activity rapidly increased in the last few weeks, health officials say, and is considered widespread here. There have been 54 reported flu deaths in Canada, five of which were children.
The traditional flu season lasts from October through May. The hospital is modifying its visitation policy temporarily to protect patients, staff and the community.