As flu season approaches, health officials warn of possible impact

With sweltering temperatures and tens of thousands of migrants descending on Europe and the surrounding region, doctors across Europe warned that severe flu activity could hit the continent hard this season. A plague of “icleri” disease, which first emerged last year, is believed to have infected 2,000 people and caused some 85 deaths in the Scandinavian region, as well as scores of others in southern Europe. The disease, also known as Ebola, is a combination of two different influenza viruses. In the late 1980s, the virus caused three outbreaks in the United States. Affected species of the influenza virus include type A (H3N2), which has characterized H1N1 outbreaks since 2009, and H3N2, a less deadly form of the virus, typically causing mild cases of illness. Both H3N2 and influenza B are known to cause severe illness in humans. According to the World Health Organization, 2017’s outbreak of human-to-human transmission of the H3N2 virus, marked the first time that the virus was recorded to be spreading among humans in the Americas. With Europe set to endure one of the hottest years in recent memory and a new outbreak of algal blooms on the coasts of Europe, several European countries have started to take further measures to protect health and in the hope of slowing the spread of disease. Recent research conducted by Norway and Denmark found that the prevalence of the illness could spiral into new states.

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