CDC reports flu is widespread and continuing to increase.
Tuesday, January 15
By Amanda Luevano, Downers Grove Patch The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the flu is now widespread and the number of cases are continuing to increase. “Reports of influenza-like-illness (ILI) are nearing what have been peak levels during moderately severe seasons,” according to Dr. Joe Bresee. Breese advises it is not too late to get a flu shot. “Anyone who has not already been vaccinated should do so now,” Bresee said in a released statement. “And it’s important to remember that people who have severe influenza illness, or who are at high risk of serious influenza-related complications, should get treated with influenza antiviral medications if they get flu symptoms regardless of whether or not they got …
Federal officials announced Wednesday that 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. That number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks.
This summer's outbreak of West Nile virus is on track to be the worst in United States history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. So far this year, 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. CDC officials said that number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks, since most infections are typically reported in August and September. "We're in the midst of one of the largest West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the United States," said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases at the CDC. In a press conference Wednesday, Petersen said the total is the highest number of West Nile virus cases reported to the CDC through the third week …