The Straits Times
Published on Jan 13, 2013

New York declares flu emergency after 19,000 fall ill


NEW YORK (AFP) - New York's governor declared a health emergency on Saturday over a flu epidemic that has sickened more than 19,000 people, allowing pharmacists to immunise infants and children.

Governor Andrew Cuomo's move comes amid a nationwide epidemic expected to last several weeks.

There have been at least 28,747 cases reported across the country so far this season, and 20 children have died from the flu, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, the true number of cases is likely far higher as many who fall ill do not go to the doctor to get tested.