“to study how the sickness is spreading and how effective the influenza vaccine is”
Would this investigation have happened in pre-COVID America? Haven’t we had outbreaks of flu at colleges like, forever?
The Hill reports:
CDC investigators going to University of Michigan amid flu outbreak
Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are going to the University of Michigan to look into the flu outbreak on campus and examine how the illness is spreading.
Since the first positive flu case was detected on the Ann Arbor campus on Oct. 6, a total of 528 cases of the flu have been diagnosed at the University Health Service (UHS), according to a statement from the university.
Of those cases, 77 percent were among people who did not get a flu shot.
UHS said the past two weeks have seen an increase in flu cases: 313 cases were reported the week of Nov. 8, with a 37 percent test positivity rate, and 198 cases were reported the week before, with a 27 percent test positivity rate.
Given the spike in cases, the university announced on Monday that starting this week, the Washtenaw County Health Department, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the university and a team from the CDC will start looking into the influx of cases to study how the sickness is spreading and how effective the influenza vaccine is.
The CDC team will conduct its study through data analysis, questionnaires and sample collections from patients at UHS.
“Through prompt detection and collaboration with county and state health officials, as well as School of Public Health and Michigan Medicine researchers, we quickly identified these cases as influenza A(H3N2) virus infections,” Lindsey Mortenson, UHS medical director and acting executive director, said in a statement.
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