Lingering US Flu Qutbreak Worst Since 2003
One of the worst Flu outbreaks in the United States since Y 2003 worsened last week and will likely linger for several weeks, causing more deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
Another 10 children were reported to have died of the Flu in the week ending 3 February, bringing the total infant mortality so far this season to 63, Dr. Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s acting director, said.
The CDC does not require national reporting of Flu deaths in adults.
“I wish there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” Dr. Schuchat said. “There have been far too many heart-wrenching stories in recent weeks about families who have lost loved ones to influenza.”
It was unclear whether the outbreak had reached its peak yet or if it would get worse, she said. Previous outbreaks had lasted between 11 and 20 weeks, and the current outbreak was in its 11th week, she said.
The number of people hospitalized for Flu-like illnesses is the highest the CDC has seen since starting its current tracking system in Y 2010.
The dominant Flu strain this season, influenza A (H3N2), is especially potent, linked with severe disease and death, particularly among children and the elderly.
The outbreak has reached almost every corner of the country, with every state except Hawaii and Oregon reporting widespread Flu, Dr. Schuchat said.
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