Thursday, January 10, 2013

U.S. at Risk for Flu Epidemics

Three emerging flu or flulike epidemics are threatening the U.S. The annual flu season has gotten off to an early start with an aggressive variant of Influenza, a large and early outbreak of norovirus or "stomach flu", and the worst outbreak of whooping cough in 60 years, with 42,000 confirmed cases. Boston's mayor has declared a public health emergency due to widespread cases of Influenza. On a national scale, deaths and hospitalizations are still below epidemic thresholds, but experts believe that will change. The C.D.C. continues to advocate getting flu shots, and a spokesman said, "We don't know if the season has peaked yet."

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