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Deadly 'Aussie Flu' Hits Ireland As Experts Warn Of These Symptoms

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December 30, 2017 at 7:43pm

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A severe strain of Australian flu has hit Ireland, with experts warning that the illness could be deadly.

More than 170,000 cases of Aussie flu were been reported in Australia this season, while incidents in Ireland have continued to increase according to recent figures from the HSE-Health Protection Surveillance Centre. 

Their latest report reads: "Most indicators of influenza activity in Ireland have continued to increase during week 50 2017 (week ending 17th December 2017).

"Influenza-like illness rates are above baseline levels and influenza positivity has increased.

"Influenza A(H3N2) and B are currently co-circulating in the community. It is now recommended that antivirals be considered for the treatment and prophylaxis of influenza in at-risk groups."

Health Minister Simon Harris said: “The advice from doctors is that most people who get the flu, unless they are in at risk group, can get better themselves at home.

"The HSE is advising that anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms.

"Anyone in one of the high-risk groups should contact their GP if they develop influenza symptoms."

Also called H3N2, this vicious strain of the common winter bug presents similar symptoms but more severe, including headaches, fever, and a sore throat. Sufferers also complain of joint pain and fatigue.

It can be particularly dangerous for 'at-risk' groups and can lead to additional complications like pneumonia.

The vaccine in Australia hasn't been as affective as health specialists had hoped, since H3N2 is a mutated strain.

Flu symptoms, according to the NHS, come on very quickly and can include:

  • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above
  • aching body
  • feeling tired or exhausted
  • dry, chesty cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • difficulty sleeping
  • loss of appetite
  • diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • nausea and being sick

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.

You can find out more information about Aussie flu here.

READ MORE: Arrest Made In Relation To Death Of Man In Limerick Following Garda Manhunt

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