Archive | Influenza A Virus Alert RSS for this section

Virus panic: First case of ‘flurona’– Covid and flu merge to form horror double infection

Flurona Virus Alert

Photo Illustration

A MIXTURE of the flu and coronavirus, dubbed Flurona, has been detected in Israel.

The first case of Flurona was found in a young pregnant woman in Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikva. Flurona is a dangerous mixture of coronavirus and influenza. The young woman was unvaccinated and results from the hospital detected the co-presence of both the flu and the Covid 19 pathogens.

Local press in Israel reported the woman was found positive for the two infections during analysis at the hospital in Petach Tikva.

The Israeli Health Ministry is studying the results.

The woman has presented with relatively mild symptoms of the disease.

However, the health ministry in Israel is studying the combination of the two infections to detect if it could cause a more serious illness.

Now experts in Israel have said that several other patients have contracted the two viruses but have not been diagnosed.

Professor Arnon Vizhnitser director of the hospitals’ Gynecology Department said: “Last year, we did not witness flu cases among pregnant or birthing women.

“Today, we are seeing cases of both coronavirus and the flu that are starting to rear their head.

“We are seeing more and more pregnant women with the flu.

“It is definitely a great challenge dealing with a woman who comes in with a fever at childbirth.

“This is especially when you do not know if it’s coronavirus or the flu, so you refer to them the same.

“Most of the illness is respiratory.”

Mr Vizhnitser added that the patient did not experience any unusually serious symptoms.

He added: “She was diagnosed with the flu and coronavirus as soon as she arrived.

“Both tests came back positive, even after we checked again.

“The disease is the same disease; they’re viral and cause difficulty breathing since both attack the upper respiratory tract.”

Courtesy of express.co.uk

https://tinyurl.com/4ku9b2zh

Widespread flu kills at least 26 kids in USA

Epidemic Alert

A “nasty” flu virus is now widespread in the United States, killing at least 26 children, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Friday.
 
The CDC said in a weekly update that high levels of flu activity were reported in 46 U.S. states for the week ending Jan. 3, up from 43 states during the previous week.
 
“It appears that we’re right in the middle of flu season this year,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a teleconference. “But it’s too soon to say whether we’ve peaked.”
 
According to the CDC, a U.S. flu season lasts about 13 weeks on average and the country is now about seven weeks in.
 
The predominant circulating strain this season is H3N2, which Frieden called “a nastier flu virus” than other flu viruses.
 
Hospitalization rates among people 65 years and older “are rising sharply,” going from 52 per 100,000 the previous week to 92 per 100,000, he said.
 
The last H3N2 season was in 2012-13 and the cumulative hospitalization rate for older people by the end of that season reached 183 per 100,000.
 
“We wouldn’t be surprised to see something similar happening this year,” the CDC chief said.
 
Five children died from the flu during the last full week, bringing the total flu deaths to 26 this season, he said, noting the actual number of deaths may be “even higher” based on past investigations.
 
Even worse, about two-thirds of H3N2 viruses analyzed this season are different from the H3N2 virus that’s included in this year’s flu vaccine, he said.
 
That means protection with vaccination against this season’s H3N2 viruses will probably be reduced.
 
Despite that possibility, Frieden continued to urge people to get vaccinated, especially children younger than two years and adults aged 65 years and older.
 
“Vaccinations may still offer some protection and there are other strains of flu out there as well,” he explained.
Courtesy of xinhuanet news

Flu Virus Has Mutated, Vaccine Not As Effective In America

Epidemic Alert

Getting a flu shot every year has always been recommended as the best defense against getting sick, but a mutated strain of influenza has caused this year’s vaccine to be less effective. The virus is an epidemic in some states and we’re just now getting into the peak of the season.
 
Each year health officials encourage folks from six months on up to get a flu shot to protect against the virus, and Washington County health officials are no different.
 
However, this year’s vaccine doesn’t seem to be doing the job.
 
“The virus has mutated to some degree. And so the vaccine isn’t necessarily as effective as they would have hoped it would be,” said Northwest Florida Community Hospital Chief Nursing Officer Joanie Beard.
 
Experts decided on three strains of the virus to include in the vaccine. Research found 52 percent of the virus samples later studied were different from the strains included in that vaccine.
 
Now the Centers for Disease Control reports the virus is an epidemic nationwide.
 
“About half of my practice has been sick with the flu over the last few weeks. And it seems to be running through the families pretty much and then relapsing back again,” said Judy McKeown, who received the vaccine.
 
CDC data shows 15 children have died from the disease this season, compared to just four around this time the season before. Here in Florida there are more than 30 counties with mild cases and just two counties with widespread cases.
 
People hit by the virus are encouraged to stay away from others.
 
“I know one that her husband had to stay like in the downstairs bedroom and then he would text if he needed something from her. She would hand it through the door,” said McKeown.
 
Experts won’t be making another vaccine this year, but it’s still recommended that you get the shot.
 
“If the virus has mutated some maybe the one they were planning for is still out there, may still come around,” explained Beard.
 
During the 2012-2013 flu season, 149 children died from the virus. Ninety percent of those kids had not been vaccinated. Right now, the CDC doesn’t know if those who have died this year were vaccinated.
Courtesy of News Channel 7 wjhg

Major Respiratory Virus Circulation, England and Wales

Virus Alert

Six major respiratory viruses reported from PHE and NHS laboratories (LabBase) in England and Wales between weeks 1 of 2004 and 28 of 2014

This graph shows the weekly distribution (using 3-week moving average method) of number of samples positive for 6 major respiratory viruses including:

  • influenza A
  • influenza B
  • RSV
  • rhinovirus
  • parainfluenza
  • adenovirus

These viruses were reported from Public Health England (PHE) and NHS laboratories (LabBase) in England and Wales between weeks 1 of 2004 and 28 of 2014.