In a report released Friday, the US Disease Control and Prevention Agency (CDC) declared a worsening pandemic of influenza last week in the United States and it is not known when it would reach its peak.
The number of people hospitalized due to similar diseases the flu reached the highest level since the CDC began monitoring it in 2010. It is said that 1 in every 13 people who visited doctors last week was due to flu symptoms. The disease is still prevalent in every state except Hawaii and Oregon.
Acting director of CDC Anne Schuchat explained to reporters, until February 3 reported 10 children died from the flu so the number of children who died in the flu season is now 63. CDC does not monitor how many adults died of flu.
Schuchat says it is unclear why the outbreak is so bad and whether it will still get worse.
The main viral type in the current flu season (H3N2) is very strong and tends to make many people it attacks should be hospitalized and die from other flu viruses. [as/al]