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Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2013

Maine CDC: ‘Influenza is widespread with all three strains circulating’

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Influenza (flu) activity has increased across most parts of the United States, and Maine is no exception. Influenza activity is significantly higher than the 2011-2012 season with the Maine CDC following up on 65 outbreaks as of Tuesday January 8th, according to a Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Advisory today.

Health officials report that all three strains of influenza is circulating, influenza B, influenza A H1N1, and influenza A H3N2, which is the predominant strain in Maine and nationwide.

Health care facilities are reporting a surge in patients seeking care for the flu and hospitalizations are being reported from many facilities.

One fatality has been reported in a pediatric patient last month.

To help prevent catching the flu this season, Maine health officials following the “No Flu 4 You” guidelines:

  • Tamiflu and Relenza are both approved antivirals for influenza.
    • Antiviral treatment is recommended as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who:
      • Is hospitalized
      • Has severe, complicated, or progressive illness
      • Is at higher risk for influenza complication
    • Treatment may be considered for any individuals with confirmed or suspected influenza
    • Antiviral treatment is recommended for 5 days
  • Prophylaxis may be recommended for:
  • Contacts of a patient with laboratory confirmed influenza who are at high risk of developing complications
    • Prophylaxis  is recommended for 10 days
    • Residents of a nursing home or other congregate setting where there is a laboratory confirmed case of influenza or an increase in influenza-like illness among residents

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About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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