Flu (influenza) reaches epidemic levels in USA

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported cases of flu (influenza) have reached epidemic levels in many states. A total of 15 children from 9 states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Texas and Virginia) have died. In Connecticut, the number of reported cases is increasing rapidly with at least 180 people hospitalized. In Cuyahoga County, Ohio, nearly 2,000 cases have been reported, and almost half of these have been hospitalized. In Harlingen, Texas, 30 to 40 children test positive for flu every week. Nearly all states are affected, especially in the southern USA.

Due to a late mutation in the major flu strain, this year's vaccine is not as effective as in previous years. Nevertheless, it provides some degree of protection, and vaccination is recommended for all travellers.

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