Hospitals struggle to keep pace as flu outbreak peaks

Hospitals struggle to keep pace as flu outbreak peaks

Hospitals struggle to keep pace as flu outbreak peaks

"It is anticipated that the local seasonal influenza activity will continue to rise in the coming weeks and remain at an elevated level for some time", said the Centre for Health Protection. The City of Houston Health Department said one woman died at the end of November, while the other died at the end of December.

Eight people in Pinal County have died this winter from the flu, county officials said Thursday in a release.

The flu epidemic is growing in North Carolina, with 26 deaths now linked to the virus after four more deaths were reported last week. Compared to a year ago, they've seen twice the number of flu patients this month, and they're all affected by Strain A. The first small number of confirmed flu cases was in mid-October, according to HISD.

But this year's B strain, known as B/Yamagata, began circulating in the fall, much earlier than is usually the case.

If that happens, Dr. Werker says this flu season could be similar to previous year. Eyewitness News reached out to the experts about the influenza outbreak. Whitehead said you are the first line of defense in protecting yourself from contracting the virus. Wash your hands frequently.

"Our data shows that more people are visiting Global Positioning System with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu". That's one of the easiest ways for the influenza virus to make its way into your body.

"With a 48 percent increase in flu cases during this past week, I urge Delawareans to take the flu seriously, and if you have not already done so, to get your flu vaccine as soon as possible", said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.

You should also keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid getting dehydrated. It just zaps all your strength. "I don't know if he got the flu vaccine".

So far 43 schools and 55 long-term care facilities in the state have reported outbreaks, though epidemiologists note those numbers only reflect the cases that were bad enough to force a clinic or hospital visit-meaning thousands more cases are likely going uncounted. ABC13 also spoke with Mike Kosak.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the flu is widespread in 46 states.

The flu virus is rapidly spreading across the country, causing more deaths and hospitalizations.

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