Cdc Uptick In H1n1 Flu Illness In Three Southeastern States

03.30.10 | FL News Team

Health officials are not sure why, but there has been an increase in regional H1N1 flu activity in three southeastern states: Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. There is also an increase in flu-related hospitalizations in Georgia. Dr. Anne Schuchat [[SHOOK-it]], a flu expert with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says the flu season is not over and the recent increase in flu activity in the Southeast is a reminder that it is not too late to get vaccinated.

 Schuchat says they don't know why there has been increased flu activity in the Southeast. The people in Georgia who have been hospitalized for flu-related illness tend to be adults with underlying conditions that put them at risk for severe influenza. Nearly all of the flu virus circulating is H1N1 flu with very little seasonal flu being reported. So far since the start of the H1N1 pandemic last year, 12-thousand Americans have died from H1N1 flu-related illness. Two-hundred-65 people have been hospitalized and 60-million people have been infected.