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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."
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19 January 2017
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18 January 2017
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17 January 2017
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13 January 2017
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14 January 2017
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24 December 2016
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11 January 2017
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10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
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06 January 2017
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