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U.S. Flu Season is Over

Posted - Mar. 2, 2004 at 1:40 p.m.



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ATLANTA, Mar 02, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says the flu season appears to have ended early, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

"The influenza season has wound down very dramatically, declining to levels lower than we often expect at this time of year," said Dr. Keiji Fukuda, a top influenza expert at the CDC.

Fukuda said his team had been looking for a second peak of the outbreak or a new influenza virus that could be emerging to pose a threat this spring.

But the team has found no evidence of either, he said, speaking at a news conference at the Fourth International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Fukuda and Nancy J. Cox, another top influenza expert at the disease control centers, characterized this season's outbreak as moderate to moderately severe.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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