Via the Washington Post: Flu virus increasing across country, widespread in 10 states.
Epidemiologists and the Centers for Disease Control say the flu virus has become widespread in 10 states, mainly in the Northeast and South, as the 2013-2014 flu season approaches its peak.
In its weekly survey of state epidemiologists, the CDC reported that cases of influenza were widespread in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas, Wyoming and Alaska; last week, just four states reported widespread outbreaks. Twenty-three more states have reported regional outbreaks.
H1N1, the strain of the virus responsible for a global outbreak in 2009 and better known as swine flu, is the most prevalent form of the flu hitting the country this year.
Flu activity is increasing across the country, the CDC says in its weekly report. In eight of 10 regions, it was above regional baselines; only the Southwest has so far escaped the worst of this year’s flu season. And the CDC says flu season hasn’t yet hit its peak.