The influenza virus below the microscope
GPs in England have reported a massive rise in the number of flu cases in the hold out week, up 78 percent on the week before, with one of this year’s pipeline strains, H3N2, being dubbed Aussie flu because of the problems it caused in Australia during the summer.
Chief Medical T-Man Professor Dame Sally Davies is among those who have noted to NHS staff urging them to get vaccinated as soon as possible to reduce the spread of the virus.
Now the Unanimous States is bracing itself for for similar difficulties, with public robustness officials confirming that this year’s flu season was turning into a “slightly severe” one, according to the New York Times.
Dr Daniel B Jernigan, director of the influenza line of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said about 80 per cent of published cases were of the H3N2 strain, which has a higher mortality rate amidst the very young and very old than the milder H1N1 variant.
‘H3N2 is a bad virus. We loathing H3N2.’
Dr Jernigan said: “H3N2 is a bad virus. We hate H3N2.
“Flu is everywhere in the US promising now.
“The season started early and it is probably peaking right now.
“In the last week, the CDC has seen a foil in flu-related visits to doctors’ offices that report to the CDC.
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“What we can see is a remarkably rapid increase in the numbers of people coming in to see their healthcare providers,” Dr Jernigan said.
The regardless of hospitalisations for laboratory-confirmed cases of flu doubled last week, rising to 22.7 hospitalisations per 100,000 people, up from 13.7 the previous to week.
Seven children died from the flu in the United States endure week, bringing the total pediatric flu deaths reported to the CDC this seasoned up to 20.
Dr Jernigan said the current flu season was “on the severe side,” but said it does not non-standard like to be as severe as the 2014/2015 flu season, also driven by an H3N2 virus, during which the hospitalisation measures were double what he was currently seeing.
Dr Tom Price, US secretary of state for form and human services, gets his flu jab
The current flu vaccine appears to be about 30 percent real against this year’s circulating virus strains, contradicting widespread reveals based on Australia’s recent flu season that suggested the vaccine was only on touching 10 percent effective, he said.
Normally, the CDC director holds a statement conference each September to assess the coming season and urge Americans to get vaccinated. Dr Jernigan keen out that this year, the conference was led by Dr Tom Price, then the secretary of robustness and human services, during which Dr Price publicly got a flu shot.
Setting aside how, Dr Price was at that time under intense scrutiny for his private jet fraternize, and resigned under pressure the day after getting his injection.
A congregation solicits on the steps of a Californian church during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic
Closing month, health agencies in 47 countries, including the CDC, published a mug up in the Lancet with new, higher mortality estimates for influenza.
Even without a pandemic, a inhuman flu year kills nearly 650,000 people worldwide, while a temperate one kills just under 300,000, the study concluded.
The so-called Spanish flu, which spread curvilinear the world in 1918, infected 500 million people and claimed the spirits of between 50 and 100 million of them.