(AP) AUGURY SPRINGS, Ga., (AP ) — AUG.
12: A woman is treated at a hospital in Georgia after an outbreak of avicennia and Juniper herbal medicines.
AUGURE, Ga.(AP) A woman, who is being treated for a severe respiratory illness, was admitted to the hospital Sunday after contracting avicenne, Junipers and other herbs, officials said.
The woman is in stable condition, and officials said she has tested negative for influenza.
The state Department of Health said it has also started monitoring a woman who had symptoms that could be related to the outbreak.
Officials did not give details about the nature of the woman’s symptoms.
Officials in Atlanta say they are concerned about a similar outbreak of influenza in Atlanta.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 20 million Americans were hospitalized this year, and nearly 1.5 million have died from influenza-related complications.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a federal health alert that is targeting the entire state of Georgia, with the state and surrounding counties facing potential financial and logistical challenges.
“I think it’s really important for us to work with our community to determine how we can provide as much support as possible to help them as they recover,” said Secretary Kathleen C. Nance, a member of the Centers of Medicare and Infectious Diseases.
State officials are asking people to be on the lookout for signs of flu symptoms or symptoms that are worsening, such as fever, cough, headache and muscle aches.
On Wednesday, Georgia Department of Public Health Director of Communications and Communications Systems Dan C. Boudreaux said officials are warning people to limit contact with people they suspect have flu.
We need to know that we can identify and isolate people with influenza, Boudreda said.
We need to be able to isolate people who are contagious, Boutreaux told The Associated Press.
Health officials said Tuesday that the state is seeing more than 2,000 cases of influenza per day and nearly 700 people have died.
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