CDC: Flu outbreak hits epidemic levels
CHICAGO — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ruled that the proportion of deaths from pneumonia and influenza is enough to reach the epidemic threshold for the first time this season, according to WMAQ-TV.
What the epidemic threshold really means is that the number of deaths from pneumonia and flu across the country have “exceeded the numbers that were expected,” the article stated.
According to the article, widespread influenza activity has been reported in Texas and 39 other states.
"It's a virus, so it basically causes inflammation and reaction throughout your whole body and many of your organs may not work so well and in really extreme cases you may have organ failure as a result," said Dr. Paul Pepe at Parkland Hospital.
"The real reason many people die is they have an underlying condition and they might not even know it. They may have an underlying heart problem and this is a major stressor on your system," Dr. Pepe added.
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