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31 March, 2010

Swine Flu Season Not Over, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Swine flu season not over, U.S. health officials warn | Reuters: "While swine flu has waned across much of the United States, the southeast is reporting an increase in cases of the H1N1 virus, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

'The flu season is not over yet ... H1N1 has remained persistent in the southeast and now those states are experiencing more local and regional activity,' U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin told reporters in a conference call.

U.S. health officials said it was not clear why there were more swine flu cases in some regions and warned that many people were still vulnerable because they had not been immunized.

Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia have been reporting 'regional disease' -- one step below 'widespread disease,' Dr. Anne Schuchat of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on the call. She said the situation in Georgia was unique.

'Recently, Georgia has seen more laboratory confirmed influenza hospitalizations each week than they've seen at any time since October,' Schuchat said.

'They've had more than 40 hospitalizations in this past week, and for the third week in a row, Georgia had more hospitalizations than any other state in the country from laboratory-confirmed H1N1 influenza...'"


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