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Humans aren't alone this winter season when it comes to battling the flu. Dogs are also falling ill. The San Francisco SPCA on Friday announced that there are confirmed cases of canine influenza -- also known as dog flu -- in San Francisco. The exact number of dog flu cases was not immediately clear.
Faculty are being asked to make several classroom accommodations in light of this year's flu epidemic, according to a list of directives sent to faculty by Sacramento State Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS). Faculty are being told to allow students to miss time even without a doctor's note ...

As the flu swept across the country, officials in New Mexico tried to minimize the threat, thinking it might damage the booming tuberculosis sanatorium industry, which had enticed thousands of eastern Anglos to move to the state, according to a 2016 book, Chasing the Cure in New Mexico: Tuberculosis and ...
The flu isn't just menacing humans in the Bay Area, the canine world is also battling its own instances. Canine influenza was first reported in the region by vets and kennels in the South Bay, but now the San Francisco SPCA has confirmed cases of the disease in San Francisco. The SPCA urged pet owners ...
January 21, 2018 - By Kathleen Maclay - Getting lots of sleep, drinking lots of water, sneezing into the crook of your arm and getting a vaccination no doubt will help fight back the flu. But if you don't want to get it in the first place, don't breathe. The findings of a $10 million study about how flu spreads, ...
The flu symptoms are more severe than a cold and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue, and may include vomiting and diarrhea, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Symptoms usually appear one to four days after exposure.

The 2009 swine flu season kicked off much of today's flu reporting network, Springer said. Before that year, health departments and districts relied mostly on testing from the Centers for Disease Control to determine which types of flu were circulating, and information from local health care providers about ...
A 34-year-old Newton woman with two young children has died due to complications of the flu. Nikki Burtlow died Friday at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines after being transferred on Thursday from Skiff Medical Center in Newton. "She was being treated for a chest cold a couple of weeks prior to ...
This year's brutal flu season has meant more ambulance calls for MedStar: Since November, it has seen about a tenfold increase in flu-related ambulance calls. In November, before flu season ramped up, MedStar got an average of 1.8 flu-related calls per day. As of Friday, it had received 19.5 flu-related ...
It's flu season, and it's nasty. On the news we are hearing the strains are more virulent and that in some cases the flu has been deadly. On college campuses, illness spreads like wildfire. I have always joked that teaching is like living in a petri dish. But really, it is. Vladislav Muslakov/ Unsplash. Source: ...
The flu-related death of a 21-year-old fitness buff from Pennsylvania is a chilling reminder that the virus can kill anyone. Kyler Baughman had a runny nose and a slight cough when he first went to visit his family for the holidays. "We saw him the 23rd for our family Christmas get-together and we noticed he ...
Many hospitals are overwhelmed with flu patients, so it's tempting for some to treat symptoms themselves at home. For one 38-year-old man in Birmingham that led to an emergency that left him in a medically induced coma. "If we had known it could be this bad, especially for someone young and healthy, ...
This season's highly contagious H3N2 strain of the flu hit early and hard, overtaxing hospital emergency departments, urgent care centers and pharmacies carrying antivirus medications. ... She recommends monitoring your temperature and calling your doctor as soon as you suspect the flu is coming on.
A member of a search and rescue team and his search dog sift through debris looking for victims on a property in Montecito, California on January 12, 2018. Heavy rains on January 9 sent rivers of waist-high mud and debris flowing from the hills into Montecito and other towns in Santa Barbara County ...
With winter comes the threat of flu - but this season the UK is at risk of contracting a new strain, the Australian flu. Aussie flu is a particularly severe strain and has caused one of the worst epidemics in Australia. Now there are fears the Aussie flu is to blame for a tough bout of winter flu here in the UK, with ...
NEW YORK -- Cold and flu season is hitting hard this year and trying to find some relief may be a challenge, especially when it comes to finding the right medicine to treat your symptoms. Doctor J.D. Zipkin at Go Health Urgent Care in New York City recommends starting with a base of ibuprofen or ...
KTVT reports that when the girl was diagnosed with the flu, her parents faced a choice: whether or not to give the girl Tamiflu to speed up the course of her sickness. The Allen family, who wished to remain anonymous, said the side effects were stunning: hallucinations, running away from school and an ...

"To date, this influenza season is notable for the sheer volume of flu that most of the United States is seeing at the same time which can stress health systems," according to a CDC statement. "The vast majority of this activity has been caused by influenza A H3N2, associated with severe illness in young ...
While individual cases of flu are not reported in Illinois, 37 people had been sent to intensive care units for flu-related illness in Lake County this flu season, as of late last week, as compared to 48 ICU hospitalizations for the entire 2016-2017 flu season, which begins in late August. One pediatric death has ...
Teenagers and older children are being asked not to visit due to the high rate of flu among their age groups. Pregnant women and adults age 65 or older are discouraged from visiting the facility and visitors with any flu-like symptoms will not be permitted in the hospital. Those symptoms include fever, cough ...
The dominant strain of the flu this year, called H3N2, is associated with more severe illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths than other strains. And while the flu vaccine was only marginally effective against that strain, possibly as low as 10 percent, CDC doctors say getting a flu shot is still the best protection ...
Central Alabama hospitals are over normal capacity due to a large number of patients with flu or flu-like illnesses. Jan. 13, 2018, at 11:42 a.m. ... Al.com reports that health officials say the "flu situation" is not a pandemic, but calling it a major seasonal flu issue in Birmingham. The last major flu event in the city was the 2009 ...
Cases of the flu in Arizona have continued to rise through the first week of January, as there were 11,515 confirmed cases from mid-October through Jan. 6, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. ADHS reported that this is a 938 percent increase from the 1,109 reported cases in 2016-17 ...
The organization said infection with the flu virus can cause fever, headache, cough, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing and body aches. Those who develop flu symptoms should seek medical advice to determine if they should be treated with an antiviral drug, which could shorten the course of the illness or ...
The spread of the flu has prompted adult short-term acute care hospitals in the region to restrict certain visitors -- those who are young or anyone sick with the flu -- through March of this year. The restrictions include: no visitation by anyone under the age of 14 or who is ill with any symptoms like coughing, ...
"flu is everywhere in the US right now," said Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the CDC's influenza branch. "This is the first year we've had the entire continental US at the same level (of flu activity) at the same time." It has been an early flu season that seems to be peaking now, he said, with a 5.8% increase in ...
According to the numbers, this year's flu season is in fact worse than usual. It got started early, and it's been more severe. Twenty kids have died of the flu since October. And in the week ending January 6, 22.7 out of every 100,000 hospitalizations in the U.S. were for flu--twice the number of the previous ...
Des Moines, Iowa -- Eight more Iowans have died after getting the flu, bringing the total for this season to 14 deaths. Experts say those who passed away were elderly, and most had underlying health issues. There haven't been any deaths of our youngest Iowans, which is a sign that parents are ...
And, even though La Crosse County is faring better than it did last flu season, things could change in the blink of an eye, the shake of a hand or the spray of an uncovered sneeze, said Jo Foellmi, a public health nurse with the La Crosse County Health Department. It wouldn't be a joking matter if flu and ...
A shortage of the plastic bags used to deliver fluids and medicine to sick and dehydrated patients is spurring area hospitals to find alternative delivery methods in the midst of a nasty flu season. Hospitals in Michigan and nationwide have resorted to jury-rigging solutions and even reverting to labor-intensive ...
Fifteen influenza-related deaths have been reported through Jan. 6 in the Palmetto State, and seven of those deaths took place in the Midlands, according to the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. The first week of January also marked the fourth week in a row when widespread flu ...
"When someone is unable to breathe normally, that's a sign the flu may be progressing to pneumonia," and the person should definitely seek care, he said. Having difficulty breathing means that the infection has moved downward. Usually, the influenza virus infects the upper part of the respiratory tract, ...
Kyle Baughman, a 21-year-old bodybuilder from Pennsylvania, was otherwise healthy when he got the flu, reports local news station WXPI. What started as an innocent runny nose, cough, and fever on December 23 landed him in the ER four days later--with a worsening cough and rising fever. A day later ...
flu is spread predominantly by droplets in the air. So if you are within 3 to 6 feet of someone who is infected, you are likely to breathe in their germy exhalations. The virus will then latch onto the mucous membranes that line the back of your nose, your throat and your bronchial tubes. Next, the invaders ...
Most people view influenza as a routine, if unpleasant, possibility each winter. But the case of a 21-year-old man in Pennsylvania is a poignant reminder that sometimes, the worst-case scenario is more serious than sick days and bed rest. Kyle Baughman, an aspiring personal trainer living in Latrobe, came ...
In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, photo, nurse Ashley Good, left, administers an I.V. push of antibiotics to patient Alice McDonald at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo, Ohio. Good said it takes her about five minutes to administer the medication. A nasty flu season is hitting U.S. hospitals already scrambling to ...
The U.S. is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with 45 states reporting widespread illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- four times as many as this time last year. Experts warn that young children are particularly vulnerable. Shareeka Smith's 8-month-old ...
Jasmine Bernal of Kyle gets injected with a flu shot at the Seton Medical Mission at Seton Medical Center on Saturday January 28, 2017. Daulton Venglar/AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Eleven people have died from the flu in Travis County this flu season, according to updated numbers released Thursday.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Health officials in North Carolina reported four new flu deaths on Thursday, while a school canceled classes for the rest of the week and hospitals announced restrictions on visitors because of the outbreak. The four deaths raised the death toll for the 2017-18 flu season to 20.
"That strain of flu tends to change more rapidly than other strains, from the time we know it's circulating to the time the vaccine is made," Dr. Sharon Welbel, of Cook County Health and hospitals, said. CDC officials said people can help limit the spread of the flu by washing hands often and disinfecting spots ...
Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that the current flu season is a dangerous one, spreading quickly across the country. Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan told ABC News on Wednesday that the season, which began earlier than usual this year, is reaching near-epidemic levels.
A seemingly vibrant 12-year-old California girl, who loved to sing and make her family laugh, suddenly died after her mother said doctors misdiagnosed an infection that kills more than 250,000 Americans annually as the flu. Alyssa Alcaraz died on Dec. 17 at Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, ...
People who have the flu can be contagious the day before they start showing signs of the virus. You're generally most infectious during the first two or three days of the illness. Experts say you can head back to work or school when you've been fever-free for a full 24 hours.
Girl, 12, dies from infection doctors misdiagnosed as flu, family says. email ... family members of a 12-year old girl who died suddenly are warning people of symptoms that coincide with the flu but are not because of the flu. (KFSN) ... Loved ones say, Alyssa Alcaraz showed signs of having the flu. With so ...
My 6-year-old became another confirmed case of the flu during a widespread outbreak that has hit much of the country. During the last week of 2017, the flu was considered widespread in 36 states, with 21 of those states reporting high flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
The term "man flu" might often be used by women who think the men in their lives tend to exaggerate their flu-like symptoms when they're sick, but new research shows it might be more than just an exaggeration. Symptoms of the flu can be rough on anybody, but it sometimes seems like men have a tougher ...
hospital emergency rooms are filling up with flu sufferers, and pharmacies have reported medicine shortages. Twelve children had died as of last month. To make matters worse, in Australia, which experienced its flu season four to six months ago, the current vaccine appeared to be only about 10 percent ...
You're 200 percent more likely to get the flu this year than last, and 400 percent more likely to get it than you were two years ago. At the same time, a national IV bag shortage could leave hospitals scrambling to treat all those patients. Tampa Bay area walk-in clinics are slammed with patients like Adalyn ...
The flu season is straining resources at hospitals nationwide with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reporting the flu is widespread in 46 states. Some hospitals are setting up emergency tents to handle the high volume of patients while others are dealing with a shortage of IV bags after ...
Seven more deaths in Dallas County have been attributed to the flu -- up from 11 reported four days ago -- bringing the total to 18 since the flu season began Oct. 1. Six of the latest victims were from Dallas, and the seventh is from Garland, Dallas County Health and Human Services officials reported.


 

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