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New map lists regions around world in ‘extreme, very high’ risk to severely affect health
Health emergency ahead as Europe and China top CDC’s travel warning about strain of flu
The European travel powerhouse and six other places at “very high” risk to severely affect health are all located in Asia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said in a map created in response to an international flu outbreak.
Countries from China to Africa were among countries designated in “extreme, very high” risk to people’s health by the CDC and the World Health Organization, as part of their warning about what they called “an unprecedented influenza season”.
Europe’s Muslim majority countries, including Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian territories, were also at risk, the map shows.
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The CDC’s warning was issued as the year’s flu season entered its second week, with Australia and Chile reporting high levels of flu transmission.
But in the United States, there have been “only mild to moderate” flu infections for most of the season, CDC experts said.
Most of the flu strains involved are usually more severe than the flu most people get.