Sunday, 21 January, 2018

Fears rise over 'Aussie Flu' outbreak after deaths recorded in Ireland

CDC says to get flu shots this year instead of nasal spray vaccines Flu Hits North Texas Hard, Still Month Before Peak Season
Marty Perkins | 02 January, 2018, 12:38

Five people this season, all adults, and two aged 81 and 98, died of seasonal flu complications in Dallas County, Texas, the county's health services office said on Thursday.

However, the dangers surrounding the flu, and more specifically the H3N2 strain known as the "Aussie flu", have since escalated.

Government statistics showed 1,111 people were struck down with the disease as temperatures plummeted last week - a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days.

Aussie Flu has also targeted the United Kingdom, where it was revealed that nine people were admitted to intensive care or dependency unit with the potentially killer strain.

The California Department of Public Health said that as of December 16, the date of its most recent report, it counted 10 deaths in its under-65 population.

The HSE also confirmed that the number of reported cases has doubled in the past few days, with 73 people hospitalised, leading to fears that an outbreak could well reach the UK.

The HSE is urging people in high-risk groups to get the flu vaccine.

'I don't give specific numbers when it's less than 10 because people could be identified.




The H3N2 subtype triggered two and a half times the normal number of cases in Australia.

Dr Kelleher added: "The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves".

The MMA star took to his Instagram account to tell fans that he and his family had been left bed bound after getting the illness - with some of his family so bad they even had to go to hospital.

The 29-year-old shared a lengthy Instagram post saying he and "half his family" had contracted the virus. I'll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I've had this year!

Some experts in Australia blamed this as a reason why they suffered such a severe flu outbreak.

Last week 522 cases of type A and 546 cases of type B were recorded in England and Wales. Big New Year's Eve party cancelled at the last minute and I am left shaking in bed the past two days.

"Course this is definitely a weird place to get welled up with national pride, but something called the "Aussie Flu" managed to put Conor Freakin" McGregor on the mat.

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