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The Flu Epidemic Continues to Worsen in America

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]

North and South Korea Report A Bird Flu Outbreak

North and South Korea reported an avian flu epidemic, less than two weeks before thousands of visitors from all over the world came to attend the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

The North Korean Ministry of Public Health reported over 80,000 sufferers confirmed the H1N1 influenza, known as bird flu or avian flu, between December 1, 2017 and January 16, 2018, according to a bulletin issued by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The International Red Cross quotes ministry officials North Korea's health says that three children and one adult have died so far in the outbreak, and that more than 120,000 people are suspected of bird flu in the country, and that the outbreak occurred throughout the country and 28 percent of those reported in the capital of Pyongyang. [gp]

US faces the worst Flu epidemic in 15 years

US health officials say the flu outbreak this winter has been one of the most severe in the last 15 years.

In their latest weekly report on Friday (26/1), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC says flu it is now widespread in every US state, except Hawaii. The CDC says at this level of infection, at the end of the flu season, some 34 million people will catch flu.

Officials said last week, one out of every 15 patients who went to doctors across the country had flu-like symptoms

Health officials say more people are now seeking treatment of flu symptoms than during the 2009 swine flu epidemic that strikes the country. Regardless of the 2009 outbreak, the last time the US experienced high seasonal flu rates was recorded in 2003-2004.

The CDC says the virus this winter has caused nearly 12,000 people to be hospitalized and 37 children die. Officials say the death toll of children is likely to increase, as when the children die it should be reported to a medical examiner and may take longer to be documented.

Flu usually affects mostly children and the elderly . However, the rate of hospitalization for people aged 50 to 64 or so-called baby-boomers is very high this season. Officials said the rate of hospitalization for baby boomers was 44.2 per 100,000 people, almost three times that of last season. CDC does not directly track adult deaths. [ps/jm]

America's Severe Flu Season

Health experts say the flu season in America is proving to be more severe than usual, with the number of patients to doctors who complain of flu-like symptoms, about twice as much, compared to the same time last year.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported, in the week ending December 23, 2017, 36 states reported widespread flu activity. Nearly 2,500 people were hospitalized for flu-related symptoms. According to the report, 13 children died from the virus during this flu season, which began in October

The CDC says that across the United States about 5 percent of patients go to a doctor for flu-like symptoms in the week ending December 23, compared to 2.2 percent of patients who did it in the same week 2016.

Hospitals in California are especially overwhelmed, and some pharmacies in southern California run out of flu medicine. To the Los Angeles Times on Friday, health officials said 27 people, aged less than 65, died from flu in California since October. Only three people died from the flu at the same time last year.

Medical experts have argued that perhaps the dominant flu virus this year, known as H3N2, is more resistant to drugs than other types. Health officials say more people may catch the disease because flu vaccine is less powerful against H3N2.

Health officials agree, flu vaccine is the best thing people can do to keep themselves and the people around them stay healthy. [ka]