BY | January 12, 2013

Flu season 2012-13 has become epidemic killing as many as 100 people. Flu shot is being recommended by physicians

Flu is spreading fast in different parts of the United States and a CDC report suggests that the flue endemic has spread to around 47 states, though in some states it is more severe while in others it has been very mild. Going by the number of casualties reported this season, at least hundred people have been killed by the epidemic.

All of the deaths reported following the spread of the flue belong to 24 states where it is spreading fast and there no sign of containment so far, though some reports suggest that it is slowing down marginally. Though flu is common in winters, but rarely it becomes as much difficult to contain as this has become this year. To be true, deaths from flu are not very common at least in United States.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published a report showing its fast spread this season and has enumerated the cause of it becoming so much deadlier than compared to previous years.

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Thomas Frieden has called it epidemic saying, “… We are into what would classically be described as a flu epidemic,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told CNN. “It’s still on the uptick,” he said. The only area of the country that’s still relatively unaffected … is the far West Coast,” although plenty of cases have been reported there, Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said Friday.

CDC has released a map showing the prevalence of the disease across the US. According to the latest CDC activity map, flu levels dropped in several states, particularly in the Southeast, including Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Arkansas and Kentucky. In the Northeast, levels in some states have also improved, such as New York, but New York City remains among the areas of high activity. The number of states reporting widespread activity, however, increased to 47 from 41, according to the CDC’s flu advisory report. The only states without widespread activity are California, Hawaii and Mississippi. Meanwhile physicians have suggested flu shot to be taken.

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