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Global pandemic influenza H1N1: Deadly flu virus is a growing concern

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The deadly flu virus known as H1N1, influenza is a global pandemic concern that is affecting many people in the United States. People who haven’t received a flu shot are advised to get one. It isn’t too late to take this added precaution.

During the 2013 flu season reports have been documented thus far that the flu has peaked drastically within the Southern and Southeaster Regions of the United States. According to a health report on Jan.6 from the Guardian Liberty Voice the states that have had higher cases include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas, South Carolina and Virginia. Arizona and California have had minimal exposure whereas the Northeastern Region as well as the New England States hasn’t reported any major outbreak of the influenza flu virus.

Statistics to date on the influenza pandemic flu virus:

In 2013 there have been thirty-two deaths reported in the United States along in which six of those deaths involved children.

In Toronto, Canada there have been six deaths and two hundred cases of the flu confirmed.

Dallas, Texas has seen a rise in cases and just in Dallas County eight people have been reported to have died from this virus.

The CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said they are tracking the influenza activity and have seen a widespread level of activity within twenty-five states. That is half the country that is seeing an increase in activity and has reason to worry about their health.

Flu symptoms:

Flu symptoms consist of high fevers, sore throat and coughing that is usually dry making it difficult for many to catch their breath. Some may experience chills, muscle aches, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea as well as a runny or stuffy nose.

Ways to avoid spreading the flu virus:

  • Always cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing.
  • Keep your distance if possible from others who are infected.
  • Don’t share cups, glasses, pens, pencils or keyboards with others.
  • Avoid drinking from water fountains.
  • If you have the flu, don’t blow candles out on your birthday cake. Let another do it for you.
  • Wash hands frequently and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer nearby.
  • Avoid kissing others.
  • Sleep in separate bedrooms until the virus passes.
  • Change and wash sheets and towels at least twice a week while infected.
  • Rinse your toothbrush with alcohol and hot water after using it while sick.
  • Stay home for as long as it is possible so not to spread the flu virus germs.
  • Use hand sanitizer when a sink with soap and water aren’t readily available.
  • Stay home and keep children home as well so not to spread the germs to other co-workers or classmates.
  • Use disinfectant wipes on surfaces touched by another who has the flu in the house.

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