Flu now 'widespread' in Virginia

05 March 2012 09:00

Flu activity in Virginia is now widespread, a health official has said

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."

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