2013 Flu Season the Worst in Ten Years
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the 2013 flu season as one of the worst in the last 10 years. Public officials in Boston declared a health emergency on Wednesday as flu sufferers flooded emergency rooms. The country is in the grip of three emerging flu or flu like epidemics: an early start to the annual flu season with an unusually aggressive virus, a surge in a new type of norovirus, and the worst whooping cough outbreak in 60 years. In addition to the surge in flu cases, the C.D.C. said the United States was having its biggest outbreak of pertussis (whooping cough) in 60 years; there were about 42,000 confirmed cases, the highest total since 1955. The disease is unrelated to flu but causes a hacking, constant cough, and breathlessness.
The flu can kill up to 50,000 people a year. People with preexisting medical conditions, infants, and seniors are particularly vulnerable to the flu.
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“Flu Widespread, Leading a Range of Winter’s Ills “By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. and KATHARINE Q. SEELYE,
New York Times, Bloomberg.com and CDC.gov