Health Emergency Declared In Boston Over Flu Epidemic
From Fast Company January 10, 2013 - 6:15am
The number of infections of the 'Flu virus H3N2 is ten times higher than last year, say the authorities. Health officials in Boston have declared an emergency in the city as hospitals struggle to cope with the influenza virus. The epidemic, which has hit the U.S. about a month earlier than last year's strain, has already hit ten times as many people as it did in 2012. Most at risk are the elderly, and Boston's Mayor, Thomas Menino, urged residents to get innoculated--for their own good as much as stopping the spread of H2N2. Boston, which will be providing free vaccinations on Saturday, is not the only place dealing with the epidemic. The city of Philadelphia is using is just one of the conurbations in Pennsylvania that has set up triage tents to deal with the high number of sufferers. Maine, North Carolina and Illinois are all recording higher-than-usual statistics of the malady. ...
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