Second wave of A/H1N1 flu hits 46 U.S. states

    HOUSTON. October 24. KAZINFORM Forty-six U.S. states and Washington D.C. are having widespread flu activities when production delays continue to hamper distribution of the A/H1N1 flu vaccine across the country, a leading U.S. health official said on Friday; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

"We are now in the second wave of pandemic influenza," Thomas R. Frieden, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, confirmed at a press conference. "Forty-six states are reporting widespread activity," he added.

    Statistics released by the CDC on Friday show that the only states without widespread flu are Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey and South Carolina.

    Since the beginning of the H1N1 breakout in April and May, according to the CDC director, more than 1,000 deaths from the virus and more than 20,000 hospitalizations have been recorded around the country.

    A CDC survey released on Thursday found that one in five U.S. children had a flu-like illness earlier this month, and most of the cases were probably the H1N1 flu.

    "We expect that influenza will occur in waves. We can't predict how high, how far or how long the wave will go or when the next will come," Frieden said.

    As nervous Americans clamor for the N1N1 flu vaccine, production is running several weeks behind schedule because of the vaccine is growing more slowly in egg-based cultures than manufacturers had anticipated, resulting in fewer available doses; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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