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Widespread flu activity reported in Georgia — CDC

Widespread flu activity reported in Georgia — CDC

The CDC says it is seeing an uptick in the number of flu cases across the country.

The county's first lab-confirmed case of influenza was reported in late October. Westchester is one of the counties with the highest increase in the number of flu cases.

As of the week ending December 22, nine states are experiencing high flu activity - Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico and SC - as well as New York City. Among the four states along the southern U.S. border, flu activity increased to high in New Mexico and moderate in Arizona, the CDC noted.

In hospitals across the North there were 10 detections of Flu A (H1N1) - formerly the dreaded swine flu but now a regular season flu feature - and seven of Flu A (untyped). To date, there are already 11 pediatric deaths recorded for the 2018-2019 flu season.




Shots are free at public health centers for people older than 65, babies at least 6 months old and children younger than 12. The CDC reported six pediatric deaths, 4,310 infectionsand 18 weeks of widespread outbreaks.

During the last three seasons, there have been 19 influenza-associated pediatric deaths in NY and an average of 15,101 influenza-related hospitalizations. This announcement put into effect a regulation requiring that healthcare workers who are not vaccinated against influenza wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are typically present.

■ Unlike some viruses, influenza is easily killed by soap and hot water. People with the flu are infectious for up to 7 days after symptoms begin.


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