The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a warning that states that swine flu cases in the U.S. are increasing.
The CDC warning states that the pH1N1 virus, which emerged in 2009, has been cited as the cause for several hospitalizations and some deaths. The warning claims that it isn’t possible to predict what virus will be the main threat during the 2013-2014 flu season, but it does say that swine flu has been the main one so far.
The 2013-2014 flu season has shown signs of being in line with previous seasons concerning the spectrum of illness. The CDC is continuing to monitor the swine flu virus, but it has yet to notice any changes in how it transfers or its strength. The CDC advises everyone over the age of six months to get a yearly vaccination for the virus and to use antiviral drugs as a second defense if they become infected.
When it emerged in 2009, the swine flu virus was responsible for more illnesses in children and pregnant women than it was in adults over the age of 65.