Latest Flu News

Scientists: Duck is 1st wild bird flu case in US in 5 years

Jan. 14, 2022 18:35 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A duck killed by a hunter in South Carolina had a contagious and dangerous bird flu that has not been detected in the wild in the U.S. in five years, officials said. The flu poses a low risk to people but can spread quickly through chicken houses and other...

Spanish PM calls for debate on treating COVID-19 as endemic

Jan. 10, 2022 06:29 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says that amid falling lethality rates for COVID-19, Spain wants European officials to consider whether to move away from the detailed tracking that the pandemic has required until now to a flu-like monitoring system. The change...

Data shortfall impairs Brazil's tracking of spreading virus

Jan. 07, 2022 17:33 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — As the omicron variant sends COVID-19 cases soaring across much of the globe, one of the countries most devastated by the disease since the pandemic's onset is struggling to keep track of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Officials at Brazil's Health...

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19?

Jan. 07, 2022 00:24 AM EST

How do I know if I have a cold, the flu or COVID-19? Experts say testing is the best way to determine what you have since symptoms of the illnesses can overlap. The viruses that cause colds, the flu and COVID-19 are spread the same way — through droplets from the...

How will pandemic end? Omicron clouds forecasts for endgame

Jan. 03, 2022 01:02 AM EST

Pandemics do eventually end, even if omicron is complicating the question of when this one will. But it won't be like flipping a light switch: The world will have to learn to coexist with a virus that's not going away. The ultra-contagious omicron mutant is pushing cases to all-time...

Kansas doctors urge those feeling ill to get tested

Dec. 31, 2021 07:58 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Doctors in Kansas have a simple message for those who are feeling ill: Get tested. COVID-19 cases are surging across the country, and Kansas is no exception. To make matters worse, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kansas as among the...

Maine flu season off to slow start, no confirmed deaths

Dec. 29, 2021 09:40 AM EST

The influenza season is getting off to a slow start in Maine with hundreds of infections but no confirmed deaths, officials say. There have been 505 positive influenza cases reported this season by Maine-based labs, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. ...

Flu is making a comeback in US after an unusual year off

Dec. 27, 2021 17:55 PM EST

The U.S. flu season has arrived on schedule after taking a year off, with flu hospitalizations rising and two child deaths reported. Last year's flu season was the lowest on record, likely because COVID-19 measures — school closures, distancing, masks and canceled travel —...

Thousands of cranes killed by bird flu in northern Israel

Dec. 27, 2021 14:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — A bird flu outbreak in northern Israel has killed at least 5,200 migratory cranes and forced farmers to slaughter hundreds of thousands of chickens as authorities try to contain what they say is the deadliest wildlife disaster in the nation's history. Uri Naveh, a...

Mississippi reports first child flu death of season

Dec. 14, 2021 15:15 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A child in Mississippi has died of influenza, marking the first pediatric flu death of the season, Mississippi Health Department officials say. The department of health did not release the age of the child who died or where in the state the death occurred. ...