Flu outbreak strikes Sydney
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A late winter flu outbreak has struck Sydney, and officials say the upcoming Olympic Games are partly to blame.
John Morton, director of respiratory medicine at Sydney Children's Hospital, said the number of patients at his hospital had doubled in the past two to three weeks.
Morton said such an outbreak could be expected to last about another four weeks -- well into the Olympics.
A government health official said Tuesday the frenetic level of activity in the time leading to the Olympics was the logical cause for the increased number of cases, saying people are going to work despite the flu -- and infecting co-workers.