Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Health Care | By Alice Shelton

'Left shaking' Conor McGregor and family struck down with Aussie flu

'Left shaking' Conor McGregor and family struck down with Aussie flu

The CDC also says 12 children have died from the flu this season and more than 2,400 people hospitalized.

It's the same H3N2 strain of Influenza A that saw record numbers of reported cases here in Australia, and it's prompted health officials in the United Kingdom to dub it the "Aussie Flu".

The deadly "Aussie flu" now sweeping Britain has already claimed lives in Ireland, it has emerged.

It has already lead to two-and-a-half times more cases than usually occurs in Australia.

Although the number of flu-related deaths recorded in Ireland so far is under ten, 73 people have been hospitalised and the Irish Health Service Executive is urging people to get vaccinated.

'I don't give specific numbers when it's less than 10 because people could be identified.

Experts warned to expect the worst outbreak in 50 years back in September as the NHS urged all eligible Brits to get the free flu jab - but admitted it was too late to tweak the strains in their stockpile.

The CDC recommends people at high risk for complications from the flu be treated with antiviral medications as soon as possible once they become sick.

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He added: "The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves".

In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, professional fighter Conor McGregor revealed that he had been struck down by the Australian flu over the Christmas period. Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it.

Despite the scary news, 29-year-old brawler Conor - who turned to boxing in 2017 to take on Floyd Mayweather in a Las Vegas bout - had some positive words in his Instagram post.

So if you're still really ill after seven days, it's a good indication of something more serious.

He said: "I'll leave that with the rest of the bad behind me in 2017 and take with me the many great experiences I've had this year!"

The flu virus indirectly resulted in the death of 1,000 people in Ireland last season.There are three main types of flu virus - A, B and C - and hundreds of different subtypes.

"Course this is definitely a weird place to get welled up with national pride, but something called the "Aussie Flu" managed to put Conor Freakin" McGregor on the mat.

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