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Flu outbreak hits southern China

29 March 2012 09:51

Flu really takes its toll on people already suffering other health problems

Flu really takes its toll on people already suffering other health problems

A widespread outbreak of flu is sweeping across Guangdong province in China, according to officials.

Authorities monitoring the situation have recorded 12 separate instances of influenza outbreaks since early 2012, and have warned the population that young children are particularly at risk from the virus.

Experts at the Guangdong Provincial Centre for Disease Control have predicted a continuing spread of the disease, likely to peak in the middle of this year.

Flu really takes its toll on people already suffering other health problems. Those travelling to China with other conditions are therefore advised to arrange pre-existing medical travel insurance before departing.

He Jianfeng, of the Centre for Disease Control, said: "More than 80% of cases are type B; only a few are [the more dangerous] type A.

Speaking to Yangcheng Evening News, he said that "the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan and Zhanjiang have been hardest hit."

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