Australian flu sweeps the UK – symptoms to look out for

Australian flu sweeps the UK – symptoms to look out for

Government statistics show 1,111 people were infected with Aussie flu

By Tom Belger

Australian flu has been blamed for a rise in flu cases across the country – with dire consequences.

There have been warnings this winter could see the worst death toll in years after the latest flu report from Public Health England showed growing numbers of cases reported in the past two weeks by GPs and hospitals.

Government statistics show 1,111 people were infected with the virus – a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days.

Australia has been hit by one of the largest outbreaks it had seen in years in the southern hemisphere’s winter – and there are fears it could hit over here.

It has been blamed for hundreds of deaths in recent months, reports the Liverpool Echo .

The particularly prevalent strain of Aussie flu, H3N2, is considered the main concern to the UK.

The strain mainly affects older people, those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and children.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of most flu, including H3N2, are similar, but different strains can be more severe or contagious than others.

Symptoms can include a sudden fever, aches, exhaustion, a dry chesty cough, headaches, sore throats, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting and trouble sleeping.

Children can also get ear pain.

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