Infectious Diseases: Drifting Flu


When a man's wife called the boss last week and said he couldn't get to work because he was in bed with the flu, chances were that she was telling the truth. Across the U.S., the flu season was reaching a peak. In the New York metropolitan area, most of the illness seemed to be of a mild variety caused by still unidentified viruses; New Eng land, Georgia and Florida had spotty outbreaks caused by Type B influenza virus. California, hardest hit, was in the throes of an epidemic of Asian Type-A flu. And Californians were spreading the virus...

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