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The flu epidemic in the U.S. is growing

The strongest in 10 years epidemic spread to 47 of the 50 U.S. states. In New York declared an emergency — there recorded nearly 20,000 cases, four times more than last winter. Dozens of people were killed, many of them children.

In hospitals and clinics to stand in line for vaccination, people spend hours waiting for the reception of doctors, however, physicians recognize that drugs against influenza are only in 60 percent of cases. Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said: "The children carry the disease harder than adults. Moreover, very high risk that they would have complications, so we want to vaccinate all children over six months."

Doctors say that such a massive epidemic in the United States began because of a virus H3N2. In recent years, the most common type of influenza, and from season to season, it mutates, causing more serious complications. In large cities, such as New York, the spread of the virus contributes not only to the high density of the population, but the unusually warm winter — is now in the city, plus 10-15 degrees.

This is not the first such epidemic in the world. Thus, in the late 60's of the last century, this flu has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, mainly in Hong Kong and the U.S..

Category: Epidemics

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