According to the latest reports, influenza (flu) is an epidemic that killed more than three hundred people this year in California. The flu is a virus that slows the immune system of the human body and attacks it. Last year, California only had 34 flu related deaths. This year, the number is ten times higher; 302 victims under the age of 65 have died because of the flu illness. Meanwhile, the rates of flu epidemic are declining in the states of Iowa and Illinois. The rates of the virus is different across the United States. However, the flu epidemic is deadly, and that is evident around the world.
The California Department of Public Health confirms that the number of influenza deaths is in the hundreds this year, which is much higher compared to the previous year. In San Diego, the flu killed 25, and 44 deaths were reported in Los Angeles. The virus killed hundreds in California alone.The H1N1 strain of flu virus is widespread in the United States; however, this strain is not the actual reason of people’s death in California. According to the reports, years ago, California had a comparable flu outburst, and adults who lived through those times have a highest resistance to the flu virus; the age of the flu victims in California was from 25 to 65. The deaths are increasing in California because people some do not have the previous immunity developed from the earlier virus.
The H1N1 strain was first traced by the physicians in 2009, and since then, hundreds have succumbed to the virus, or two secondary infections. The reports confirm that in 2009, California had 540 flu related deaths. Flu season ends at the beginning of May, and flu vaccines are beneficial, but currently, H1N1 strain has no specific vaccine.
Furthermore, according to the Center of Disease Control (CDC), around nine influenza related deaths were reported from January to the end of February by the pediatrics in California. Meanwhile, the reports of flu outbreak are low in other states such as Delaware, Louisiana, Utah, New Jersey, Arkansas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington. The reports of flu epidemic are average in Texas and Minnesota. The CDC reports that Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, New York, and Connecticut have very little rates of flu illness.
Additionally, in the United States, around 36,000 people are succumbed by the influenza virus annually. The reports of global deaths associated with the flu outbreak are around half million. The H1N1 claimed more than quarter million victims in 2009 globally, and majority of them were from the eleven developing nations. The flu outbreak in 1918, took more than 50 million victims internationally.
Currently, the flu season is ongoing; the physicians suggest that any sign of fatigue, body aches, fever, sore throat, and cough, requires medical attention. These symptoms of flu can get severe if the illness prolongs and goes untreated. Patients should get vaccination to stop the spread of the virus. Moreover, according to the physicians, people with highest risks of getting flu include the infants, the elderly, and the pregnant women. The patients should request urgent medical help if the illness attacks. The immediate medical treatment for flu helps the individuals and is efficient treatment. However, untreated conditions can be life threatening. From 2012-2013, California in total had around 106 flu associated deaths. This is lower than the current rates. More than three hundred in California have been killed this year by the influenza virus.
By Iqra Amjad