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Monday, June 17, 2013

US : Ohio cases of bad flu cases most since 2009

Via Dayton Daily News, excerpt :

Illnesses associated with the flu sent more than 5,000 Ohioans to the hospital over the winter and into the spring — the highest number of flu-related hospitalizations in a season since the state began keeping records, the Ohio Department of Health reported.
The tally was even higher than the 3,238 flu-related hospitalizations recorded in Ohio during the 2009-2010 H1N1 swine flu pandemic, according to state health department statistics.
But unlike the swine flu outbreak, there was no evidence of a new virus that prompted the wave of hospitalizations this season.
And health officials say it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why the flu season was so brutal, hospitalizing 5,239 Ohio residents from September last year through May 18, the state health department’s final flu-activity report showed."

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