US Eyes Influenza Pandemic as Boston Declares Public Health EmergencySubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 11:33
By Scott Malone
BOSTON (Reuters) - With flu cases in this city up tenfold from last year, the mayor of Boston declared a public health emergency on Wednesday as authorities around the United States scrambled to cope with a rising number of patients.
U.S. health authorities say the flu arrived about a month earlier than usual this year, and the flu strain making most people sick - H3N2 - has a reputation for causing fairly severe illness, especially in the elderly.
As a result, hospitals around the country have been forced to find additional space to treat the ill, and some have had to turn people away.