Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Flu Activity Declining as SC Deaths Reach 201

Twice a year every year the UN's World Health Organization bets on the flu—which virus types are likely to dominate in Flu Activity Declining as SC Deaths Reach 201
Anna Jefferson | 09 March, 2018, 18:37

Tulsa County had 42 deaths and 1,098 hospitalizations as of Tuesday, the state health department said.

After three months of relative calm, approximately 4,359 new cases were confirmed in Horry County by DHEC between January 7 and February 3.

"On the down side, we'd certainly like to see that number always higher than it is".

The trend seems to be continuing.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, which tracks flu cases nationwide, has confirmed that the number of positive tests for the flu nationwide has decreased slowly but steadily in the past two weeks.

That's 58 more deaths than the next highest totals in the past decade: previous year 218 N.C. residents died because of the flu and the same number died in the 2014-15 season.

Flus generally are more serious in the youngest and oldest and those with compromised immune systems, but the flu this year has sent more children than adults and seniors to emergency rooms for treatment.

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So far this season, 112 deaths have been attributed to the flu (85 associated with influenza A, 27 with influenza B).

Incidents of flu have also declined across the nation, according to the CDC.

The number of patients showing up at CT emergency rooms has dropped for the fourth week in a row. It was the first time the guidelines had been put in place since 2009, in response to the H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

Health officials said flu activity has already peaked in the state, but it remains high and widespread.

GlobalData reports the need to shift away from egg-based manufacturing of vaccines in light of influenza-related deaths.

People should continue to take precautions to prevent spreading germs, including washing their hands, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home from work or school if they are sick.

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