UFC megastar rocked by ‘deadly Aussie flu’
CONOR McGregor has revealed he was left shaking in bed for two days after being struck down with the "Australian flu virus".
The UFC star - who was also forced to cancel a big New Year's Eve party after contracting the illness - took to social media last night and shared a snap of himself tucked up in bed with little Conor Junior, The Sun reports.
He told fans he's been out of action for the past two days and other family members have also picked up the flu.
"Well that was a wild New Year's Eve," he wrote on Instagram.
"Half the family hit with the Australian flu virus and some even left in hospital with it.
"I've never even been to Australia wtf.
"One of the most intense few days I've gone through. Big New Year's Eve party cancelled at the last minute and I am left shaking in bed the past two days."
The fighting icon also wished fans a 'Happy New Year' and said he'll be ready for whatever happens in 2018.
"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," he captioned an image.
"None greater than the birth of my son Conor Jr. and the continued support of my family, my friends and my dedicated staff through thick and thin.
"Thank you all and Happy new year to everyone!
"2018 I may go back to the back pages instead of the front pages again. I will be ready for whatever comes.
"Be sharp and be fast this year because I am sharper and I am faster.
"God bless you all and Happy New Year!"
McGregor and his family are among the lucy ones to have caught the virus.
Irish Government health agency HSE (Health Service Executive) earlier this week announced a number of people have died from the flu as cases of the strong "Aussie" strain doubled in just one week.
The 'Aussie flu" caused havoc in Australian hospitals during winter months.
The H3N2 subtype, which is a strain of influenza A, triggered two and a half times the normal number of cases in Australia.
Government statistics showed 1,111 people were struck down with the disease as temperatures plummeted last week - a 156 per cent jump on the previous seven days.
And the HSE has revealed under ten people have died from influenza so far this European winter.
A further 73 have been hospitalised - causing medics to urge people to get vaccinated as the flue "actively circulates" in Ireland.
Dr Kevin Kelleher, from the Health Protection department, told Independent.ie: "There have been a few deaths already... under 10 people have died so far this year.
"I don't give specific numbers when it's less than 10 because people could be identified."
He added: "The most important thing is that if people think they've got it is to stay at home and look after themselves."
Now Public Health England have revealed there has been a sharp rise in cases triggered by a surge in two aggressive sub-types of flu.
Experts fear the virulent flu strain, which has now reached the UK, could prove as deadly as the Hong Kong flu in 1968, which killed one million people.
Usually, just one subtype, either influenza A or B, is responsible for the majority of cases. It spreads much easier in the cold weather.
But two weeks ago, 522 cases of type A and 546 cases of type B were recorded across England and Wales - with 43 cases yet to be identified.
So far this European winter, 23 people have died from the outbreak and nearly a third occurred two weeks ago.
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.
- This story originally appeared on thesun.co.uk