Wisconsin records 2nd child death of flu season

Wisconsin records 2nd child death of flu season

According to the CDC, Influenza B viruses are the most commonly reported among children and young adults, while Influenza A is most commonly reported in people over the age of 25. Typically, influenza B does not cause as many cases as influenza A strains (H1N1 and H3N2) and tends to show up later in the flu season, not at the beginning.

In its weekly FluView report, issued Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that while deaths remain below its epidemic threshold, most of the 50 states and Puerto Rico are reporting "high" activity - meaning that elevated numbers of people are seeking care for the virus and its symptoms.

However, the CDC says a second round of flu began in late January, caused by a strain of influenza A that is related to the swine flu that first appeared in 2009, and cases continue to increase.

COLUMBUS-The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports that the number of new influenza-related hospitalizations rose again last week. For now, the coronavirus seems to be mostly affecting older people and people who are already sick, he said.

The CDC estimates that there have been at least 26 million flu illnesses and about 14,000 deaths across the country.

Some of the highest hospitalization rates are in two of Ohio's most populous counties.

The latest United States case is a patient who was among the Americans evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan - the epicentre of the outbreak - and placed under quarantine at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the CDC said. The CDC says out of 78 pediatric deaths, 53 of them were from this strain.

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Schaffner said that for the time being, it is easy to determine a likely coronavirus case by asking about a patient's travel history.

It's possible that concern about the coronavirus has led some people with flu symptoms to go to the doctor for testing this year, whereas they might have just stayed home in other years, Brammer said. In recent weeks, there has been a surge in activity of H1N1 in the US, according to data from the CDC.

"Along with severe illness, flu can lead to missed work and education, limit family time and diminish quality of life", Dr. Hurst said.

"People being a little anxious and seeking care doesn't especially worry me, because that's the point", she said. "We're looking for broader spread within the community", she said.

The CDC is working with labs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City, with more sites planned to test symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19.

Still, the vast majority of flu specimens tested are susceptible to approved antiviral medications and can be treated effectively.

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