CDC Responds to Rampant Flu Outbreak

Friday, January 11, 2013

Flu season is back, and this year's strain of the virus is especially brutal. People are flocking to hospitals across the country with debilitating flu-like symptoms, and some deaths related to complications of the flu have already been reported.

The flu outbreak is so severe in Boston that Mayor Thomas Menino declared a health emergency this week, setting off alarm bells in New England and beyond. But why is the 2013 influenza strain so bad? Dr. Joseph Bresee, chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at the Center for Disease Control's Influenza Division, explains.


Dr. Joseph Bresee

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez

Comments [1]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The flu is so bad this year that people are breaking ribs from coughing...I coughed so hard I spazzed out my back. Next year, I will be first on line for the vaccine.

Jan. 11 2013 02:15 PM

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