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Mother, 36, dies of flu in ‘one in a million’ case.

Mother, 36, dies of flu in ‘one in a million’ case.

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young boston, Massachusettsa woman died of flu despite no underlying health problems, what doctors called a “one in a million” case.

Price Merepol McMahon, 36, of Wellesley, Mass., just outside Boston, died last Tuesday of the flu. Just two days earlier, she had been feeling well – before her condition rapidly deteriorated on Monday.

The flu is most dangerous to young children and the elderly, with those in between relatively safe if they don’t suffer from any underlying health problems.

The annual virus re-emerged this year after being dormant for much of the Covid pandemic. Experts have called this flu season the worst since the 2009 swine flu pandemic.

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the US “triple demy” of influenza, Covid and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at the end of the year it may end soon.

Price Merepaul McMahon (left), 36, of Wellesley, Mass., died of the flu on Dec. 20. She was a healthy woman with no ailments and even trained for a marathon. Doctors described her case as ‘one in a million’

“She was always incredibly smart, hardworking, driven, she was the one that everyone knew was going to make it,” Ian Meropol, Price’s brother, told Boston Globe.

Mrs. McMahon was in good shape and led a very active life. Her family told the Globe that she played tennis, skied and even completed the New York City Marathon.

The woman, who previously worked as an executive at American Express and Burberry, was even training to run the Boston Marathon in April.

She spent Sunday, December 18, at her parents’ house, where the family had gathered to watch Argentina triumph in the 2022 World Cup final and celebrate Hanukkah.

On Monday, December 19, in the evening he began to feel ill. Her condition rapidly deteriorated and she died on Tuesday afternoon.

“The doctor’s words, I’ll always remember that, this is a one in a million case of flu,” Mr Meropol said.

Flu cases fell for a second week in a row in the latest CDC report, with 33,041 confirmed infections.  That's a 26 percent drop from the previous weeks

Flu cases fell for a second week in a row in the latest CDC report, with 33,041 confirmed infections. That’s a 26 percent drop from the previous weeks

It is not clear what complications led to Ms McMahon’s death or whether there were any unique factors in her infection that caused the rare death.

The CDC reports that up to 35,000 Americans die from the flu each year — although the Covid pandemic has caused the numbers to crash in recent years.

The majority of these cases are among people over the age of 65 or under five.

Other people who suffer from diseases such as diabetes, heart disease or asthma are also at increased risk, but serious complications from the flu are rare.

This flu season has been unusually brutal in the US. Experts warn that two years of Covid-related mask orders and social distancing have weakened the immune systems of many and made the population more susceptible to these viruses.

Still, death from the flu is rare for a 36-year-old with good enough cardiovascular health to complete marathons.

America’s flu epidemic may finally be coming to an end soon, according to the latest data available from the CDC.

The agency confirmed 33,041 infections in the week ending Dec. 17, a 26 percent drop from the previous week and the second week in a row that cases have declined.

Still, the jump sent hospitals reeling. Tamiflu, the main drug used by hospitals to treat the flu, is hard to come by in some areas of the country.

Although the Food and Drug Administration does not officially consider the drug a national shortage, regional shortages have forced HHS to intervene.

The lead US health agency announced last week that it would make the extra supply of Tamiflu available to hospitals from the country’s national stockpile.

This stockpile is a collection of drugs kept by the government in case of a national emergency.

“Today, we are taking action so that every jurisdiction can meet the increased demand for Tamiflu this flu season,” HHS Secretary Dr. Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

“State stockpiles can be used, and if jurisdictions need access to the Strategic National Stockpile, they already have it to respond to the current seasonal influenza outbreak.”

At one point this month, 80 percent of US hospital beds were occupied — a higher point than at any time during the Covid pandemic. Currently, just over 70 percent of US hospital beds are occupied.


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