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Surge in cases raises concerns over mysterious ‘Oklahoma Flu’ in the US: Health experts advise precautions

Surge in cases raises concerns over mysterious 'Oklahoma Flu' in the US

United States: The threat of possible mysterious virus, or viruses, is looming across the United States as the visits to physicians’ clinics and emergency departments have seen an upsurge. The patients, reportedly, are complaining about symptoms linked to a mysterious flu.

The health experts have mentioned that some of the patients with symptoms like aches, fever, and cough have been diagnosed with flu and COVID-19, but some are suspected of having “Oklahoma flu.”

The concerns regarding the flu are heightened because this form of flu is highly contagious, as only one person can infect a classroom, an office, or even a newsroom.

Experts’ remarks about Oklahoma flu!

Medical expert Dr Lacy Anderson, who serves as an in-house medical practitioner for News 9, has mentioned that an increase in cases could also be tied to the pandemic.

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She further suggested that everyone should wear masks, which can contribute to slow spread of infection. “All the viruses we didn’t see for two to three years kind of surge all at once,” she mentioned as per News9.

Furthermore, she emphasized that an individual could complain about these common signs and symptoms but could not be dealing with flu or COVID-19.

While providing the best possible advice, she mentioned that a person who is suspected of having Oklahoma Flu should stay at home and treat the symptoms.

Dr. Anderson also believed the number of cases will go down by the end of March. She was optimistic that next year won’t be as bad because the general population is building natural immunity this year.

CDC shares information about Oklahoma flu!

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma flu is caused by the H3N2v virus, which is a non-human influenza virus. The virus is generally found among pigs, but it can easily infect humans.

The federal health agency has further mentioned that when the virus infects humans, it is called a “variant” virus.

Some of the symptoms listed by the federal health agencies are:

  1. Respiratory symptoms, such as cough and runny nose
  2. Fever
  3. Vomiting
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Body aches
  6. Nausea

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