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05 March 2012 09:00
Flu activity in Virginia is now widespread, a health official has said
Holidaymakers with existing health problems are being urged to take out
travel insurance with medical conditions before heading to Virginia after a health official said flu activity is now considered "widespread" in the US state.
C Diane Woolard, director of the Virginia Department of Health's surveillance and investigation division, said: "This will be the first week we've gone to "widespread" for this flu season. Clearly it's a little later than usual but still within our expected range."
Meanwhile, the norovirus outbreak in Virginia continues, with 120 cases reported so far, compared to 100 in January and February last year.
More than 100 pupils at an elementary school in Fairfax County were reported to be affected by an outbreak of the stomach bug, which can cause diarrhoea and stomach cramps.
However, Woolard said the figures are not yet a cause for concern, adding: "It's still what we expect at this time of year."
22 March 2017
Mountaineers looking to scale the world's highest peak may need to shell out for a GPS device, according to Nepal's tourism chief.
21 March 2017
The effects of being in skyscrapers, at concerts or even walking on wobbly bridges could help scientists understand the experiences of dementia sufferers, researchers are claiming.
18 March 2017
A young actor has released pictures of a lump on her throat that turned out to be thyroid cancer, with hopes the image will raise awareness and alert others who may be suffering from the disease.
17 March 2017
A "promising treatment" for aggressive blood cancer needs more evidence of its effectiveness before NHS doctors will be able to prescribe, a watchdog is warning.
16 March 2017
Millions of Brits are opting for coach holidays over jet-setting and cruises, new research indicates.
15 March 2017
Thousands of flights to and from America's north east have been cancelled in preparation for a "life-threatening" storm poised to hit the country.
14 March 2017
Seniors who experience weight loss should not put it down to the normal ageing process, experts are warning.
11 March 2017
Gatwick Airport is insisting it is still a "credible and deliverable" expansion option, as the airport experienced its busiest ever February.
08 March 2017
Strikes by French air traffic controllers (ATCs) are leading to delays and cancellations across the UK.
10 March 2017
Waiting times for kidney transplant patients have fallen significantly, health officials have said.
09 March 2017
A Dutch snowboarder has been fatally injured in the second avalanche to hit the French Alps in 24 hours.
07 March 2017
The risk of developing a deadly form of breast cancer can be cut by 40% by following a Mediterranean diet, new research has found.