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CDC confirms 5 new cases of coronavirus; 2nd case of P2P spread

CDC confirms 5 new cases of coronavirus; 2nd case of P2P spread”

Meantime, American health officials say influenza is causing more concern.

The WHD is receiving regular updates from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on this situation. The number of influenza A and influenza B positive laboratory tests reported increased by 16 and 22 percent, respectively, compared to the previous week.

WBOC reports no one else in the state shown up to be a potential case.

Klahn says the numbers speak for themselves: there are 425 deaths linked to the Coronavirus and only 11 cases in the United States.

For all of the attention given to coronavirus, those numbers are dwarfed by the flu's impact in the USA during the 2019-20 flu season.

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Schools across the country, including two in ME today, have been temporarily closing because of students being absent due to flu-like symptoms. At the time, officials said the patient was the husband of a Chicago woman who was diagnosed with the illness after returning from Wuhan.

Delaware's Division of Public Health emphasizes coronavirus symptoms are hard to differentiate from influenza, and the flu still poses the greatest risk in DE with almost 3,000 confirmed cases statewide this season.

"Local, state and federal public health partners plan, prepare and drill for these types of events", Dr. Farah Ahmed, KDHE State Epidemiologist, said. Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 41 of the 50 states all displayed high influenza-like activity through January 25.

The Department of Public Health bases severity on influenza-like illness activity, hospitalizations and influenza positive test results reported to it. As Sandra Opdycke, author of "The Flu Epidemic of 1918: America's Experience in the Global Health", notes, the 1918 flu was an exception that circled the globe three times, infecting one out of every four people on earth, and killing at least 50 million in just a few months.

Flu activity is expected to remain elevated through February.



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