Flu Outbreaks at Epidemic Levels

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Influenza outbreaks were occurring in 44 states and deaths from flu and pneumonia were at epidemic levels, federal health officials said Wednesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 44 states, the District of Columbia and New York City reported regional or widespread flu activity during the week ended January 24, the latest period for which figures were available. Deaths from influenza and pneumonia in a sampling of 122 cities were at epidemic levels for the third consecutive week, the agency said. More than 60 percent of influenza strains submitted to the CDC since October were a new Type A Sydney strain first noted in New Zealand and Australia last summer.

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