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"The only thing that's predictable about the flu is that it's unpredictable," says the CDC's Tom Frieden. "Only time will tell us how long our season will last, and how moderate or severe this season will be in the end."
Friday, the CDC reported 20 people under the age of 18 have died since the outbreak started at the end of December. The Center does not track flu related deaths in adults, but states across the country are reporting double digit fatalities, like 27 deaths in Minnesota, 15 in Indiana, and 22 deaths in South Carolina.
"Generally, perfectly healthy people do not die from influenza, but it does occur," says Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci. "It's generally the elderly, very young children, pregnant women, people with chronic diseases, debilitating diseases and people on certain immunosuppressive drugs."
Health officials say the strain is in the H3N2 virus which is often associated with more serious diseases.
"They may get more complications from this particular H3N2 strain, which may make them ill for a longer period of time," says the CDC's Michael Jhung.
Doctors say it's not too late to get a flu shot to try to prevent getting sick. The seasonal flu outlook changes daily. You can get the latest 24/7 by going to our website, Fox17.com, and look under HOT TOPICS.
Friday, January 11 2013, 09:16 PM CST
Updated conservatorship statute effective July 1
May 21, 2013 12:49 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law revisions to the state conservatorship statute.
The law allows the court to appoint a conservator to manage the assets of a person a judge finds unable to handle his or her own affairs.
State Rep. Andrew Farmer, a Sevierville Republican, told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1183hjy ) the intent of the bill he sponsored in the House is to make sure people aren't being taken advantage of.
The bill sprang from a series of hearings statewide by the Tennessee Bar Association. They revealed there were no uniform procedures for placing a person's assets under a conservator on an emergency basis.
The changes take effect July 1.
Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com
Asia stocks fall
BANGKOK (AP) -- Asian stock markets fell today as investors waited for the U.S. Federal Reserve to telegraph what it plans to do next with its economic stimulus program.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Washington University students will soon be walking all over the White House and the Capitol, too.