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Flu season off to a fast start, driven by unexpected virus, CDC says – NBCNews.com

Flu season off to a fast start, driven by unexpected virus, CDC says – NBCNews.com

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The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.The last flu season to rev up this early was in 2003-2004 — a bad one. Some experts think the early start may mean a lot of suffering is in store, but others say it’s too early to tell.“It really depends on what viruses are circulating. There’s not a predictable trend as far as if it’s early it’s going to be more severe, or later, less severe,” said Scott Epperson, who tracks flu-like illnesses for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.There are different types of flu viruses, and the one causing illnesses in most parts of the co
Flu season comes early this year due to unexpected virus cdc says – CBS News

Flu season comes early this year due to unexpected virus cdc says – CBS News

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Flu season has come early this year due to a strain of the virus not typically seen during this time of year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC announced Friday there has already been an estimated 1.7 million flu illnesses, 16,000 hospitalizations, and 910 flu-related deaths this year in the United States, at a minimum.The early activity is primarily being caused by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual this early in the season, according to the CDC. CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus told "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that the B/Victoria strain "classically" happens in February or March."Nationally, influenza B/Victoria viruses are the most commonly reported influenza viruses among children age 0-4 years (46% of reported viruses) and 5-...
WHO Denounces 'Collective Failure' as Measles Kills 140,000 – VOA Learning English

WHO Denounces 'Collective Failure' as Measles Kills 140,000 – VOA Learning English

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Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week. The viral disease affected every part of the world, the WHO said. It added that most of the measles deaths were in children under five who had not been vaccinated. “The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is (an) … outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s…children,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus. He is director general of the United Nations’ public health agency. The situation in 2019 is even worse, the WHO said. Reporting up to November shows a 200 percent increase in measles cases compared with the same period in 2018. This year, the United States has already reported its highest number of measles
Measles outbreak warning as 140,000 die in one year – young children at great risk – Express.co.uk

Measles outbreak warning as 140,000 die in one year – young children at great risk – Express.co.uk

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The report published by the WHO and the United States Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention has stated 140,000 people died from the disease in 2018. Moreover, crucially most deaths were among children under five, while babies and young children are at the greatest risk from infection. Related articles Measles vaccination rates have stagnated for close to a decade the WHO stated.Furthermore, both the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), estimate that only 70 percent of children received their second recommend dose.Director general of the WHO, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus said: “The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.“To save lives, we mu
Spokane sees high rates of an unusual flu strain this year – The Spokesman-Review

Spokane sees high rates of an unusual flu strain this year – The Spokesman-Review

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Spokane came down with the flu early this year. Nationwide, flu season also started early this year. While it’s not officially flu season in Spokane County, the Spokane Regional Health District has reported an increase of flu cases in the community. “We’re definitely seeing it earlier,” said Malia Nogle, an epidemiologist at the health district. “We usually don’t see levels increase until the end of December and usually peak with our highest amount of cases in January, but we are seeing cases early.” Washington is one of 12 states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified as having high influenzalike illness activity so far this flu season. Not all counties have officially declared flu season, which occurs when 10% of those tested for the flu test positive for two w
US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus – CNBC

US flu season arrives early, driven by an unexpected virus – CNBC

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The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years.An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there's a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say.The last flu season to rev up this early was in 2003-2004 — a bad one. Some experts think the early start may mean a lot of suffering is in store, but others say it's too early to tell."It really depends on what viruses are circulating. There's not a predictable trend as far as if it's early it's going to be more severe, or later, less severe," said Scott Epperson, who tracks flu-like illnesses for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.There are different types of flu viruses, and the one causing illnesses in most parts of the co
Samoa Arrests Anti-Vaccination Activist As Measles Death Toll Rises – NPR

Samoa Arrests Anti-Vaccination Activist As Measles Death Toll Rises – NPR

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Enlarge this image Red flags hang outside of homes in Apia, Samoa, indicating that the residents have not been vaccinated for measles. Getty Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Getty Images/Getty Images Samoan authorities have arrested a prominent anti-vaccination activist amid an outbreak that has killed at least 63 people, most of them children. Edwin Tamasese has been charged with "incitement against a government order," according to the BBC. Government officials...
Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs. Why Can’t the U.S.? – The New York Times

Denmark Raises Antibiotic-Free Pigs. Why Can’t the U.S.? – The New York Times

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BILLUND, Denmark — How many rounds of antibiotics does it take to raise a Danish pig?If it is one of the 35,000 piglets raised each year on Soren Sondergaard’s sprawling farm, odds are the animal will get just a single course before it goes to slaughter.In fact, at least a quarter of his swine arrive at the abattoir without ever having received any antimicrobial drugs at all.“When I was a boy, we used to pour kilos of antibiotics into their feeding troughs,” said Mr. Sondergaard, 40, whose family has been farming the gently rolling terrain of the Jutland peninsula for generations. “That’s a thing of the past.”As use of antibiotics in livestock has soared globally, contributing to the rise of drug-resistant germs, Denmark, which ranks among the world’s top pork exporters, has proved that a