Flu cases double in South Dakota

KELOLAND.com Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There are 5,808 cases of the flu confirmed in South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Health says the flu is widespread and the severity is high. Over 1,000 of these cases were confirmed in a single week.

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The number of deaths have doubled as well. On January 11, 2020, the South Dakota Department of Health reported 2,188 cases of the flu and three deaths. The February 1, 2020, report says seven people have died.

Dr. Kayla Norenberg is a family medicine physician for Sanford Health. She says the clinics have seen a surge of people come in with cold and influenza symptoms since the beginning of the new year.

“The latest data that I’ve seen is we’re still kind of steadily going up and we haven’t hit the peak quite yet, but hopefully that will be soon,” Norenberg said.

National numbers are showing cases beginning to trickle down, however South Dakota’s continue to climb. According to the CDC, all except three states show widespread activity of the flu in their state. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also say the highest rate of hospitalization is for people 65 and older. Children between zero and four years are next followed by adults aged 50-64 years.

The CDC also states on its website:

Of the 78 influenza-associated pediatric deaths occurring during the 2019-2020 season and reported to CDC:

  • 52 deaths were associated with influenza B viruses, and nine had a lineage determined; all were B/Victoria viruses.
  • 26 deaths were associated with influenza A viruses, and 16 were subtyped; all were A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses.

To prevent the flu and other viruses from spreading, both the CDC and Norenberg say the same thing. Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze and always wash your hands.

Not sure how often is too often or if you’re washing your hands enough? Check out the flyer from the CDC below.

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