News Alerts

07 Jan 2019 | 02:15 PM UTC

US: Officials report rise in influenza cases nationwide

United States of America News Alert

Health officials report 2.7 percent rise in influenza cases nationwide as of late December

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/14/2019, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States

Event

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) observed a recent nationwide spike in influenza cases, with a notable increase in southeastern states. Officials reported a 2.7 percent rise in recorded H1N1 influenza cases nationwide over a three-week period according to CDC study published in late December. In addition, authorities warned of a rise in H3N2 virus cases in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Context

Influenza is a contagious virus that can spread from human to human. Symptoms include high fever, aching muscles, headache, and respiratory issues. Particularly vulnerable individuals include young children, the elderly, pregnant women, the obese, and individuals suffering from chronic diseases. An annual vaccine is available.

Advice

Individuals are advised to take preventive measures to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the disease (e.g. wash hands thoroughly and frequently, avoid contact with sick individuals, etc.) and consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news