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CDC releases latest flu numbers

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(CNN) – The Centers for Disease Control are reporting that nearly every state in the US is currently experiencing widespread flu activity and said the end of flu season may still be many weeks away.

The CDC’s concern about the flu epidemic is increasing, and they’re cautioning that it may not have reached its peak yet.

According to Ann Schuchat, the acting director for the CDC, the country could see “several more weeks of increased flu activity.”

According to the CDC, there have been an additional ten pediatric deaths, bringing the total number of children killed by the flu to 63.

Not only that, but flu-related hospitalizations have been increasing during the past five weeks. At 60 per 100,000 people, it’s the highest rate of hospitalization for this point in the flu season in recent flu outbreaks.

The flu has heavily impacted 48 states and Puerto Rico.

“Right now, we see influenza activity in almost all of the states,” said Dr. Alicia Fry, the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch Chief for the CDC’s Influenza Division. “(This) is pretty unusual for us.”

 Experts said to watch for some critical symptoms that could indicate a severe infection, including:

  • A persistent high fever
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Extreme tiredness

The CDC recommends beginning anti-viral medication as soon as symptoms appear.

“There is a lot of flu out there right now,” Schuchat said. “If it looks like the flu, it probably is.”

The organization also stresses that what may be mild symptoms to someone could be deadly to someone else.

“If you are ill, stay home,” Fry said. “Don’t go to school. Don’t go to work. You don’t need to be spreading your virus around.”

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