August 18, 2018

Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDC

Flu in U.S. now widespread but season may be peaking: CDCBy Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Seasonal influenza is now widespread across the continental United States, causing severe illness and rising numbers of hospitalizations, but this year's outbreak may be peaking, government health officials said on Friday. "Flu is everywhere in the U.S. right now," Dr Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on a conference call. The flu strain currently causing the most infections is H3N2, an influenza A virus that has been linked with increased hospitalizations and death, especially in young children and adults over age 65.


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