Health department: Flu cases continue to rise in Cayuga County

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Flu cases in Pennsylvania continued to increase last week, as about 6,500 positive reports came in from across the state.That figure is about 300 ahead of the previous week, according to the state Health Department's weekly flu report.

DHHS obtains death data through death certificates and according to the state, delays in the reporting of deaths "may cause the number of reported (pneumonia/flu) deaths to vary considerably each week".

At least 13 states have reported outbreaks of the dog flu this season.

"If the flu virus gets on a person's clothing, they could theoretically take that home and pass that on to their pet", Hollander said.

The results also suggest that improving ventilation in offices, schools, and other public places - such as subway cars - might also help to reduce the spread of flu.

Previously, an 83-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man, both of New Castle County and both also with underlying health conditions, died from complications related to the flu. "In addition, influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) in general has been lower against A (H3N2) viruses".

"Epidemic is a term used frequently to describe flu season this year, but it's better to describe the flu as widespread this season", said Three Rivers Health District director Dr. Richard Williams.

"I've seen cases where people have gotten it in the same season", Smith said.

"It's still available and we recommend getting it because if you do wind up getting the flu sometimes the symptoms aren't as bad as they would be if you had not had the vaccination", said Ingram.




Powe said she plans to get one.

The county has seen 377 documented cases as of January 13, according to the state Department of Health's website, and the flu could be hitting harder than the statistics show.

The flu vaccine protects against seasonal and H1N1 flu, and everyone older than 6 months is encouraged to be vaccinated.

Remember, the symptoms to look out for include fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache and fatigue.

"We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing".

"The most alarming statistic is that every year thousands of people die after getting the flu", said Dr. Neil Vora, epidemiologist with the city Health Department. It's still not too late to get a flu shot.

The emergency room is meant for people who are very sick.

"H3N2 seasons are notoriously taxing on the healthcare system and this H3N2 season is not any different", Amesh Adalja, a doctor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Baltimore, told MedPage Today.

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