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US flu season now as bad as 2009 swine flu epidemic

Some doctors say this is the worst flu season they have seen in decades. Some people are saying that, too

The flu has further tightened its grip on the US This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.

A government report on Friday shows one of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the US during swine flu in 2009.

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‘Australian flu’: spread prompts handshake ban in Northern Ireland churches

Catholic diocese of Down and Connor suspends ‘sign of peace’ during services and calls for sanitary measures around holy communion

A Catholic diocese in Northern Ireland has suspended the “sign of peace” handshake in its masses due to the risk of infection from a strain of the flu first seen in Australia in the southern hemisphere’s 2017 winter.

At least 170,000 cases were confirmed at the end of the Australian winter, more than twice as many as in 2016. Health officials say they logged 72 flu-related deaths.

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