Forget 'Aussie Flu' as Health Bosses Warn Deadly 'French Flu' is on Way to UK

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Symptoms of Aussie flu:

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Sore throat and cough

Headache

 

Fever

Muscle ache

Fatigue

Runny nose and sneezing

Symptoms of Aussie flu are similar to those caused by normal flu, but they are more severe.

People should recover from normal flu within a week so, although the cough and fatigue may last longer.

So if you are still really ill after seven days, it is a good indication of something more serious.

Aussie flu can lead to pneumonia and other potentially fatal complications.

More than 1600 cases of Aussie flu alone have been reported so far, but the actual total is feared to be far higher.

Seventeen patients were admitted to intensive care, as the latest influenza report confirms the virus is spreading faster.

New flu cases were being reported in previously untouched areas including the Brecon Beacons, Dartford and Telford this weekend.

The worst-hit areas include Portsmouth, Plymouth, Northern Ireland, Dundee, Doncaster, Chelmsford, Northampton and Canterbury, according to the map.

In Northern Ireland, churches have banned handshakes to prevent the spread of the virus.

Health experts have called this one of the worst flu seasons in half a century and urged hospitals to be prepared for an epidemic thanks to the H3N2 strain, known as Aussie flu.

The flu kills an average of 8000 people every year in the UK, but there are fears the toll could be much higher this season.

There are fears Britain could see an epidemic like the one currently being experienced in France.

The flu has killed more than 30 people there and put 11,500 others in hospital.

British mum-of-three has told how her horrific Aussie flu symptoms left her bedbound over Christmas.

Natalie Shand, 39, initially thought she was vomiting because she had been drinking Prosecco at a dinner party the night before.

But her symptoms worsened and she was struck with diarrhoea, pain all over her body and severe fatigue.

She said: "I was bedbound for six days in total. Then I was OK for two weeks and then by December 23 it knocked me off my feet again for hours at a time.

"I had it for five weeks. The fatigue has floored me."

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