Aussie flu symptoms: Signs of infection after 156 per cent JUMP in UK cases

Colds and flu are common at this time of year, but Aussie flu could be deadly.

Aussie flu symptoms include sore throats, headaches and fevers, according to the Government of South Australia.

Muscles aches, fatigue, sneezing, running noses and coughs could also be signs of infection.

Symptoms usually fade within a week, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

While symptoms are similar to the common cold, Aussie flu is reportedly more serious than normal flu. The deadly virus can lead to pneumonia and other complications.

Symptoms usually develop one to four days after infection, the Government said.

Once infected, the virus can be passed to other people for the subsequent eight days. But, those with weakened immune systems can still pass the condition on after the eight days are up.

Those most at-risk include the over-65s, young children, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions. That includes heart and lung disease patients and diabetics.

The infection will pass by itself for most people. If symptoms don’t improve after seven days, you should see a GP.

The number of flu cases in the UK jumped 156 per cent last week, with 1,111 people struck down by a virus, according to the UK Government.

At least 23 people have died from flu in the UK this winter, so far. Almost a third of deaths were reported last week.

Since the beginning of this year’s flu season, the number of cases is almost 10 times higher than the same point in 2015.

UFC fighter Conor McGregor claimed to have been infected by the virus on January 1.

In an Instagram post, McGregor said: “Well that was a wild New Year’s Eve. Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it. I’ve never even been to Australia wtf.”

The number of flu cases will continue to rise, Public Health England (PHE) warned.

“Flu activity, as measured by a number of different systems, has continued to increase in the last week or two,” said PHE’s Nick Phin.

“This is to be expected as the season progresses and at this point the numbers are in-keeping with previous years.

“The circulating flu strains match those in the current flu vaccine, so the vaccine remains the best defence against the virus.”

Last month, revealed 20 per cent of doctors won’t be getting the flu vaccine over concerns of its effectiveness.