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Flu Cases Declining in State

Posted March 20, 2008

— The numbers of flu or flu-like illness in the state has dropped for the third week in a row, the state Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Influenza cases in the state appear to have peaked in late February and have shown a steady decline over the past three weeks, according to a press release from the department.

The latest report, for the week ending March 19, showed that health care providers reported 1.7 percent of patients seen that week had an influenza-like illness, down from 2.69 percent in the week ending March 8 and 4.21 percent in the week before that. The season high was 5.86 percent in the week ending Feb. 23.

Despite the decrease in cases, the department is warning people that the flu remains widespread in the state.

The state monitors influenza-like illness during the flu season. Public health experts determine how the flu is progressing across the state based on reports from seventy-six health care providers statewide who report the number of people they are seeing with flu or flu-like symptoms each week.

Symptoms of an influenza-like illness is a temperature of 100 degrees or greater and cough or sore throat.


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  • Spirit Warrior BallReceptable Mar 20, 2008

    I got sick over the weekend too, and am just on the mend.

    The kicker is that I got a flu shot exactly 2 weeks before I got sick.


  • not_enuff_time Mar 20, 2008

    I am actually sick right now. My son had it over the weekend and of course he was more than happy to hand it over to me. Just trying to keep from passing it to the rest of the house!

  • vipcruizer Mar 20, 2008

    I beg to differ. I know of at least 18 people in my department, including myself, that all got sick with the flu last Friday. It was very weird how we all had the same symptoms and got sick at the same time. Some people are still home sick!