Health care care workers at Hawaiian bars and eateries are being evacuated to be tested for the flu after being infected in the U.S. state of Hawaii, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The workers are not being vaccinated.
The CDC said the workers are taking part in a “public health emergency,” and they are being transported to other locations to be evaluated for flu symptoms.
The virus has been linked to severe cases of pneumonia, pneumonia requiring hospitalization, and pneumonia requiring dialysis.
There have been more than 100 confirmed cases of flu and more than 1,400 confirmed cases in the United States, according to the CDC.
It is not clear how many people are affected in Hawaii, but a Hawaii hospital said the flu is “expected to have a direct impact” on patients there.
The Hawaii Department of Health said Thursday the state is working with local health care providers and government agencies to determine the cause of the outbreak.
In a statement, the state said it has been providing free influenza vaccines to health care workers who need them.
“The State is also working with the Department of Public Health to provide flu vaccine to health service providers and the public who need it,” the statement said.
The health department also said that it has begun vaccinating more than 800 of the state’s health care workforce.
The department said the state will not require health care facilities to provide vaccine to workers because they are already required to provide immunizations to all employees.
In February, the CDC said more than 500 health care personnel were exposed to the flu virus in Hawaii.
More recently, the virus has infected more than 300 health care staff in five states and Washington, D.C., according to a report by the New York Times.
The New York-based Times also reported that an additional 9,000 people have been infected in Hawaii and Washington.
The latest case comes after another outbreak of flu in California, where a person died and another three were hospitalized in a California hospital.