Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Medicine | By Melba Vasquez

Laredo Health Department sees a rise in flu cases

Laredo Health Department sees a rise in flu cases

Whitney provides the current numbers of flu victims in Montana.

They say influenza-like illness activity is double what it was at this time previous year with the current flu season not yet at its peak.

The number of reported cases represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza.

Dr. Gonzalez says, "If they start with flu like symptoms like fever, cough, extreme muscle aching they should see their doctors, especially if you're elderly or you're very young, because children under five are very susceptible".

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Both outpatient visits and hospitalizations related to influenza-like illnesses are above the expected levels for this stage of the flu season.

Nationally, flu season has arrived stronger than projected, according to federal health officials.

Seven people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths statewide to 20 since the beginning of October, public health officials said Thursday.

"We anticipate that we'll have this increased activity for at least quite some time", said Tan. "They find people who have actually come down with the flu and they ask them 'did you get the flu shot?' People don't always remember three or four months back, and if they do remember then they don't recall just when they got it, so it all depends on how the information is gathered".

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"Don't touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean", said Brandie Anderson, director of infection prevention at Banner-University Medical Center.

She also pointed out those reports were based on one flu strain, the H3N2 virus, and other strains are now circulating in New Jersey and across the rest of the nation, so it's too soon to know for sure how effective the vaccine really is.

Contact Mikayla Mace at 573-4158 and Stephanie Innes at 573-4134.

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