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The flu season should slowly start waning as the peak of the season is either January or February, but reports are still coming about widespread cases.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 30 states have reported "high levels" of flu-like illness based, a slight increase from a report last week.
Out all 50 US states, only two are not reporting "widespread" flu activity. "Widespread" means more than 50 percent of the geographic region.
According to the "Influenza-Like Illness Activity (ILI) Level Indicator" map by the CDC, 17 states have high ILI levels: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, North Dakota, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.
Although the state of New York is not in the red levels of ILI, New York City is categorized differently and is in the high levels as the 17 before mentioned states.
In addition, the CDC confirmed 29 children have passed away from the flu since the start of the season. The CDC does not record adult flu-related deaths but noted 8.3 percent of deaths in their 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza.
The CDC says symptoms of the flu is if the person feels some or all of the following signs or symptoms:
- Fatigue (very tired)
- Fever or feeling feverish/chills
- Muscle or body aches
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
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