Public Health Emergency in Boston

    BERLIN - OCTOBER 02:  A medico-technical assistant examined virus-infected cells under a microscope at Robert Koch Institute on October 2, 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the central facility of the German Federal Government in the area of Disease Control and Prevention. The main objective of the RKI is the recognition, prevention and the fight against disease especially infectious disease. Part of its tasks is the general legislative application of scientific findings as basis to reach health political decisions.  (Photo by Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

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    Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino declared a public health emergency Wednesday as a result of a massive flu outbreak sweeping across the city of Boston. At least 700 cases have been confirmed, a number up significantly from the 70 confirmed cases at this time last year. Thankfully, the majority of the strains—91 percent—are well matched to a highly effective vaccine. But the worst is far from over. Kevin Cranston, director of the DPH Bureau of Infectious Disease, says the state is off to a “moderately severe” start that is likely to get “more severe” as the weeks go on.

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