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US flu outbreak worsens; hospitalizations highest in nearly a decade: CDC

NEW YORK: The US flu outbreak worsened over the past week as more people headed to doctors’ offices and emergency rooms, with hospitalizations at the highest in nearly 10 years, US health officials said. Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended Jan. 27, bringing total pediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report. Out of every 100,000 people in the general population, an estimated 51.4 have been hospitalized for the flu, surpassing the rate…

Eurozone economy growth hits highest in decade

Growth in the eurozone shot up in 2017, putting Europe at the centre of a global recovery and on par with levels last seen before the financial crisis a decade ago, official data said Tuesday. Europe's economic recovery roared on despite the uncertainty around Brexit, with the economies in the 19-country area that uses the euro lifted by a resurgent France and Spain. Economic growth in the eurozone hit 2.5 percent, far ahead of the 1.8 percent reached a year earlier, the EU's Eurostat statistics agency said. Read…