Aussie flu WARNING: Deadly virus now rife in USA - map reveals worst hit states

Aussie flu is just one of the strains of the influenza virus that has been affecting millions of people around the world this year. 

The H3N2 strain was given the nickname ‘Aussie flu’ after it caused problems in Australia during its winter. 

Since the beginning of October, flu has been spreading through the UK, and with reports areas of the USA are now suffering, experts have described the outbreak as one of the worst epidemics since Spanish flu. 

Aussie flu in the US has compounded the damage usually wrought by the annual flu outbreak, according to Bloomberg. 

But which areas in the US have been most affected? 

A map produced by FluView has revealed the states worst hit by the virus. 

Brown indicates where flu is widespread, orange where there are regional cases, yellow where there’s just local activity, brown and white where cases are sporadic, orange and white for no activity and white for no reports. 

According to the map, flu is widespread across mainland USA as well as Alaska. 

Hawaii and Guam have had regional activity, the District of Columbia local activity, and the US Virgin Islands has had sporadic cases. 

As of the week ending January 6, Puerto Rico is yet to have any cases of influenza reported. 

Dan Jernigan, director of the influenza division at the national Centre for Immunisation and Respiratory Diseases, told Bloomberg: “Flu is everywhere in the US right now. This is the first year we have had the entire continental US be the same colour on the graph, meaning there is widespread activity in all of the continental US at this point.”

In the UK 85 people have died from flu since the beginning of October, Public Health England revealed in a report last week. 

A Flusurvey map shows a gradient from no reported influenza-like illness (blue), to very high reports of influenza-like illness (red). 

As of Wednesday morning, the North-East of England was the most affected area.

Other locations across the UK that are in the red include:

 • Cornwall and West Devon,

 • Aberdeen, Scotland

 • Dundee, Scotland

 • Leeds, England

 • Ipswich, England

 • Derby, England

 • Cardiff, Wales

Llandrindod Wells, Wales, was the least affected area. Blackburn, Walsall and North London were also in the blue.

But, There are significantly more red zones than reported on Friday January 5.

Symptoms of Aussie flu have been described as similar to those caused by normal flu, but more severe. 

The NHS outlines nine flu symptoms: 

  • A sudden fever - a temperature of 38C or above 
  • Aching body 
  • Feeling tired or exhausted 
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Nausea and being sick 

To help you get better more quickly, the NHS has also advised the best way to treat flu.