Swine flu sweeps across the nation as it takes hold in ten states – hitting the south the hardest
By JAMES NYE
30 December 2013
Ten states are now reporting widespread seasonal activity of flu – and the Centers for Disease Control have said that number is only set to rise.
Activity has been reported in Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming, according to the CDC’s weekly flu advisory report, covering the week ending December 21 – up from only four the week before.
Worryingly the strain of virus most prevalent is the H1N1 – better known as swine flu – which killed tens of thousands of people in a global outbreak in 2009.