Swine flu outbreak as influenza season peaks


Although flu deaths doubled last week in IN, the numbers are still relatively low compared to what we were looking at this time a year ago.

He said teams of the Health Department visited the patients and 435 close contacts of these cases were also treated free of cost. There were 14 flu outbreaks in schools during the week ending January 12 but no outbreaks were reported from long-term care facilities.

The health agency said that 12 of those who have died, or 55 percent, were known to be vaccinated against the flu. It is also calling on people with influenza to refrain from going outside.

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The newspaper reported a spokesperson for the Health Ministry that "influenza cases for this season were influenza types A subtypes H1N1 and H3".

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Flu season runs from October through May, but is most active during the coldest months.

New Hampshire health officials say an adult has died of the flu. The number of patients tested positive of swine flu is 10.

The Centers for Disease Control released the latest numbers Friday morning.

Swine flu is one of the viruses included in this year's seasonal influenza vaccine as per recommendations made by the World Health Organisation at the start of last year.