KINGSTON, February 14, 2019 - The Ministry of Health has placed Jamaica on influenza alert in light of the significant increase in the number of cases of fever and respiratory illnesses reported across the island.
Every year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An average of 200,000 of these people will require hospitalization and up to 50,000 will die.
Flu season in the U.S. typically peaks in February, but this year’s outbreak is already one of the worst on record. As of Jan. 6, 20 children have died from the flu, and overall mortality caused by the flu is already double that of last year’s.
Despite there being just four reported cases of Ebola in the U.S. this year, including one tragic death, it's been a disease that's garnered months of attention from the American public and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.