IN hospitals taking steps to prevent flu virus' spread

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"If we only relied on confirmed cases, we'd be getting just the tip of the iceberg", says Dr. Randall Todd of the Washoe County District Health Department. That's up from 84 cases the previous weeks.

Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico reported either regional or widespread flu activity during the week ending December 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's most recent surveillance report.

'There was a health alert on Wednesday letting providers know that they should be highly suspicious of anyone with flu-like symptoms and start treating them with antivirals, ' Anton said. No national statistics regarding flu and flu-related deaths have been announced. "When you can recognize the flu in yourself, you can recognize it in coworkers and family and help prevent the spread".

In Los Angeles County, there have been 19 influenza-associated deaths reported for the 2017-2018 flu season.

Children younger than five years of age. So far this season, 11 adults in North Carolina have died from the flu, with six of those being people 65 or older.

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Earlier this week, County officials announced that more than 1,640 flu cases have been reported this season, compared to 451 cases reported at this time past year. A survey released this week by the Walgreen's pharmacy indicates that Texas leads the country in flu activity, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Officials said Influenza A viruses continue to be the predominant circulating strains. Randy Bergen, of healthcare company Kaiser Permanente.

The increase of expected flu cases is similar to that in Australia, where the H3N2 strain was prevalent.

Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County set up a surge tent outside its emergency room entrance to triage patients with flu symptoms, according to a KNSD report.

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