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Flu cases continue to rise in Douglas County

Posted at 3:46 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 16:46:11-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Douglas County flu activity continues to increase according to the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD).

The predominate strain impacting Douglas County is influenza A (H1N1) as opposed to influenza B, which is circulating in other regions of the U.S.

As of Dec. 7, 609 PCR-confirmed influenza tests and 457 positive rapid influenza diagnostic tests have been reported since Sept. 29, the DCHD says.

Nebraska is one of 12 states currently with increased levels of flu-like illness.

High influenza activity is expected to continue for weeks, the CDC says, stressing that it's not too late to get vaccinated.

The DCHD says two outbreaks in long-term care have been reported and the number of RSV-positive cases remain high.

Outpatient visits, ER visits, hospital admissions and children absent from school due to flu-like illnesses have all increased over recent weeks.

No adult or pediatric deaths related to the flu have been reported yet this season; however, flu-associated adult deaths aren't reportable by law and could be underreported.

Read the full report here.