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Flu outbreak: Affects 10 states

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The Centers for Disease Control now asserts that the flu virus has swept 10 states – and the flu season hasn’t even reached its peak yet, according to a Washington Post report on Saturday.

The Centers for Disease Control, which surveys state epidemiologists weekly, says that cases of the flu were extremely common in Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.

Only four states were reporting influenza outbreaks a week ago which indicates the increase is extremely great. Additionally, 23 states are now reporting regional outbreaks of influenza.

This year’s flu season is being entrenched with the strain of the flu virus that was responsible for the world-wide epidemic in 2009 when H1N1 struck. H1N1 is often referred to as the swine flu.

Influenza data suggests that the only region of the country that is not seeing its worst year the flu is the Southwest region of the United States. The worst areas hit for the previous week, according to a facility that measures the number of visits make to healthcare professionals for the flu, were Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

Recent reports have suggested that it isn’t too late to get a flu shot.



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