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Influenza cases on the rise: H1N1 virus widespread activity in U.S.

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Winters are rough for many people and this winter is hitting many citizens in the United States pretty hard. Officials in the health field are reporting that the number of cases is surging especially in the southern areas of the nation.

In the latest report from the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the N1N1 virus which is also known as swine flu is the major contributing cause of the influenza activity spreading currently. According to the International Business Times on Jan. 4 this seasonal flu virus affects the respiratory system and has already killed 284,000 people worldwide in 2009 and 2010 alone.

Since October of 2013 the date collected by the CDC from just thirteen states alone has documented 1m583 cases of the flu. “While CDC has not detected any significant changes in pH1N1 viruses that would suggest increased virulence or transmissibility, the agency is continuing to monitor for antigenic and genetic changes in circulating viruses, as well as watching morbidity and mortality surveillance systems that might indicate increased severity from pH1N1 virus infection.”

There is currently no vaccine available for the N1N1 outbreak. An influenza health alert has been issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services in December.

The states that have been hit the hardest are: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Virginia.

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.

Tell tale signs that a trip to the emergency room is required is when those exposed to this virus stain have difficulty breathing, get a discoloration to their lips that is either blue or purple in color, uncomfortable pains in the chest and abdominal areas, a cough that gets worse as the days continue and persistent or severe vomiting.

Public health officials in many areas are advising people to get the flu shot. The flu vaccine is the most important thing that you can do to protect yourself against the flu. Many people may have symptoms of this flu or a totally different strain. It isn’t too late to get vaccinated for the current flu shot is well-matched to the various strains that have be exposed to the public.

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