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More than 2,000 new flu cases reported, number of deaths remains below ‘epidemic threshold’

More than 2,000 new flu cases reported, number of deaths remains below ‘epidemic threshold’

Health
Dec. 2 (UPI) -- An increasing number of doctor visits across the country are linked with the flu -- a sign the 2019-20 season is officially underway. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly FluView report, released Monday, 2.9 percent of all visits to healthcare providers across the country for the week ending Nov. 23 were related to influenza, up from 2.5 percent the previous week. Once again, seven states -- Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas -- and Puerto Rico reported high flu-related activity over the most recent week covered. Those same regions had reported high activity during the prior week. However, for the first time this flu season, an additional seven states -- Arkansas, Arizona, Connecticut, Nebrask...
Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Three new deaths reported as flu season starts to get serious

Health
Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Officials in Connecticut confirmed Thursday that two adults -- both over the age of 65 -- died as a result of influenza-related complications as virus activity continues in the early part of flu season. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly FluView report, released Friday, 2.3 percent of visits to healthcare providers across the country this week were related to "influenza-like illness," down from 2.4 percent this week. The report lists case information through November 9. To date, three children have died nationally of flu-related causes so far during the 2019-2020 season, with one added this week. Louisiana was the only state to report high flu activity. It was the third consecutive week the Bayou State did so. In all, 14 states rep...
Illicit fentanyl, carfentanil could be fueling opioid deaths

Illicit fentanyl, carfentanil could be fueling opioid deaths

Health
Nov. 8 (UPI) -- The ongoing opioid abuse crisis in the U.S. has been fueled by a combination of prescription drugs like fentanyl and "street" drugs like heroin. A new analysis of law enforcement drug seizures and overdose deaths in Ohio highlights just how dangerous these cocktails can be. In findings published Friday by the Journal of the American Medical Association, the team from Harm Reduction Ohio, a non-profit drug policy advocacy group, and Ohio Department of Health identified increasing levels of prescription opioid painkillers fentanyl and carfentanil in drug seizures conducted by law enforcement in the state between 2014 and 2017. The trend corresponded with an increase in the number of overdose deaths in the state during the same period, researchers said. Supplies of the presc...
Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

Nearly 600 new flu cases, two deaths in last week, CDC says

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Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A special high-dose flu vaccine has been officially cleared for use in seniors, just as the 2019-20 flu season begins in earnest. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's weekly influenza report, released Friday, cases continued to rise during the period ending November 2nd, with 2.1 percent of all doctors visits across the country related to flu-like illness, up from 1.9 percent the previous week. Louisiana and Puerto Rico remain "hot spots" for the flu so far this season, but Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas also reported "local or sporadic activity." Overall, there were 582 new confirmed influenza cases nationwide over the most recent seven-day period reported, bringing the total cases report...
Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

Essex lorry deaths: Vietnamese families fear relatives among dead

World
At least six of the 39 people found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex may have been from Vietnam.The BBC knows of six Vietnamese families who fear their relatives are among the victims. They include Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who has not been heard from since she sent text messages on Tuesday saying she could not breathe.A man was earlier arrested at Stansted Airport on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. The 48-year-old from Northern Ireland is the fourth person to be arrested in connection with the investigation. Two people from Warrington are being held on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people and the lorry driver is in custody on suspicion of murder.Ms Tra My's brother, Pham Ngoc Tuan, sa...