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Thursday, March 25, 2010

US - New flu cases revive concern

Via The Augusta Chronicle, another wave in the US???

" A small flurry of flu cases in Augusta and the continued increased activity in Georgia and the Southeast has some calling for more vaccination and raising concern about the spread of pandemic influenza A H1N1 during the Masters Tournament and spring break.

This month alone, University Hospital has had nine patients in the intensive care unit with flu-like symptoms at a time when flu season is normally winding down, said Rebecca Walker, infection prevention coordinator for University. The hospital had seen its cases peak in the fall and then a lull in November and December, she said.

"February, we started to see an increase but nothing too alarming," Walker said. "And then in the last week we've seen several cases of people who have been fairly ill."

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