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 Influenza B and MRSA Co-Infections Spark Alarms Across US Counties

Visual Representation for Influenza B | Credits: Google Images

United States: Influenza and other respiratory illnesses have now become a serious concern for the health authorities of the United States after some regions of the nation have witnessed a rapid increase in cases.

Recently, certain reports have revealed that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus – which was formerly known as MRSA, has also contributed to cases among the younger population of the United States.

The concerns among the health authorities have increased after the local health authority of the Northeast Region of the US emphasized that a large number of children are suffering from severe influenza and MRSA. The infection is leading to serious illness and death, as per the reports by the local health agency.

Furthermore, according to wjhl.com, the Northeast Regional Health Office, which supervises the seven (7) counties of Northeast Tennessee, has mentioned that the reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have highlighted that the cases linked to influenza B have rapidly increased in the region.

In addition to this, the federal health agency has also mentioned that the younger population of the US, including children and young adults, have been suffering from cases linked to MRSA pneumonia/bacteremia associated with the flu. CDC further highlighted that the cases linked to the infections “have resulted in severe illness and death.”

As per the health authorities, none of the reported cases had any pre-existing conditions linked to a higher susceptibility to the flu, and there was no indication that any of them had received a flu vaccination during this season.

What do experts have to say regarding the ongoing health condition?

An expert with the Northeast Regional Health Office – Dr David Kirchke, through a news release, stated, “CDC recommends children six months of age and older get an annual influenza vaccine.”

“CDC also recommends that vaccination should continue throughout the season as long as influenza viruses are circulating. An influenza vaccine is the best way to reduce the risk of getting sick with flu and developing any of the potentially serious complications that can result. Healthcare providers should remain vigilant for complications of influenza infection, including MRSA co-infection,” he continued, according to the reports by wjhl.com.

Visual Representation for MRSA bacteria | Credits: CDC

What does the vaccination rate across the region reveal about the situation?

According to the stats shared by the health office, the vaccination rate among the younger population of the region is concerning as it is down 3.4 percent as compared to the same time last flu season. Additionally, the recent stats have also revealed that the rate is down 9.8 percent as compared to the same time during the pre-pandemic period.

Concerning: Child death toll raised to four!

While sharing the latest weekly flu report, the Tennessee Department of Health confirmed another pediatric death linked to influenza. The recent death has raised the pediatric death toll to four (4) since October 1 in Tennessee.

As per the Tennessee Department of Health, the state has reported around ten (10) flu-related outbreaks during the ongoing season. In addition to this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has categorized Tennessee’s flu activity in the “high” category – the state is ranked among other 20 US states in this category.

Along with this, around ten (10) US states, including South Carolina and Arkansas, fall under the “very high” category.

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