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CDC: Seasonal Flu Widespread in U.S.

H1N1 virus is major culprit (January 3)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that nearly half of the U.S. is experiencing widespread influenza activity, most of it attributed to the H1N1 virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009.

This season’s flu is spreading quickly, with 25 states already reporting cases, according to the agency.

So far, the virus has killed six children in the U.S. The CDC does not track adult deaths, but dozens have been reported around the country.

Texas has been one of the harder-hit states, where at least 25 people have died this season from the flu, local health officials said.

Source: Reuters; January 3, 2013.

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