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Contact: Debbie Crane

Date: February 21, 2008

Flu Bulletin:
NC Cases Continue to Rise

Este pagina en espanolRALEIGH – The number of North Carolinians reporting flu symptoms continues to rise. That’s according to the state’s latest flu surveillance report, which was released this morning.

The state monitors influenza-like illness during the flu season. Influenza-like illness is a temperature of 100 degrees or greater and cough or sore throat. Seventy-six health care providers statewide report the number of people they are seeing with these symptoms weekly.  Based on those reports, public health experts determine how the flu is progressing across the state. At this point, the flu is widespread across the entire state.

The latest report is for the week ending Feb. 15.  Health care providers reported 5.66 percent of patients seen had influenza-like illness.  That 5.66 percent figure for this year is higher than the peaks for the four previous seasons.  The record high flu season was recorded in mid-December 2003, when 7.7 percent of the patients reported influenza-like illness.

Public health officials have these tips for preventing spread of the flu:

  • Wash you hands, wash your hands, and wash your hands.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • If you have flu symptoms, seek medical care.  There are prescription drugs that can relieve flu symptoms.
  • If you are sick, stay home.



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