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Australia: Record influenza outbreak

Over 70,000 cases of influenza reported in 2017 to date; set to surpass 2015 record

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/16/2017, 12:00 AM until 8/16/2017, 11:59 PM (Australia/Sydney). COUNTRY/REGION Australia

Event

Authorities have recorded over 70,000 cases of influenza in 2017 as of mid-August. Case numbers are expected to continue to rise, with the total likely to surpass the previous record of over 100,000 cases in 2015. Health officials are advising vulnerable groups to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

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 and to consult a medical professional regarding vaccination options.

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