martes, diciembre 27, 2005

Regular Flu Season is Here

From the San Francisco Chronicle 12/26
A flu bug -- with California's name on it appears to have gained a footing in the western United States, jamming emergency departments in the Los Angeles area and spreading into Bay Area households just in time for the holidays.

Medical laboratories that serve as sentinels for the annual arrival of the flu season have picked up a spike in influenza cases in California, Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico and Kansas -- with a widespread outbreak reported under way in Utah.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly all the viruses analyzed so far come from a strain of influenza labeled A/California/07/20.
This article lead me to further research and the California Influenza Surveillance Project, which tracks the levels of flu around the state. It is a useful site, which includes links to:
  1. "enhanced surveillance for avian flu"
  2. flu shot locators
  3. basic information on the seasonal flu
Take a look, click here.