Here’s the latest information on a new flu strain that has killed 5 people in California

A new flu-like strain has claimed its first victims in the United States, according to the CDC.

The agency said on Friday that the strain had been confirmed in five cases of whooping cough in California, and in 27 other cases across the nation, including in New York and New Jersey.

The new flu has been dubbed “Covid-19.” It’s a variation of the H1N1 strain, which previously caused pandemics in 1968 and 2009. Symptoms of the illness vary, but among them are a sudden onset of a severe cough, fever, fatigue, runny nose, body aches, a painful cough that becomes more and more severe, runny eyes, and swollen lymph nodes.

The CDC said this year’s flu season is on pace to be one of the worst on record.

“This is only the second time in U.S. history that we’ve seen an additional H1N1 strain in the winter,” Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said. “That suggests a more amplified pattern, not just for this year but for future years.”

But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has noted that good surveillance and surveillance-related efforts have shown an increase in the number of overall H1N1 strains as well as in the severity of the last two years.

The only sure signs of a new flu strain are heightened vaccine-preventive activity in recent months and reports of suspected outbreaks.

Up to 6 percent of humans catch the illness each year, according to the CDC.

The CDC is not recommending that people get vaccinated, however, noting that the H1N1 strain is a subtype of the same strain that was in the 2017-2018 season.

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