Fri February 17, 2012

Flu Showing Up Later, but Already in Many Places

Health officials say flu season is finally here – marking one the latest starts in nearly 25 years. Nationally, people typically begin showing symptoms in December or January. Flu activity has also been slow in Larimer County. But that’s expected to change.

“We’re hearing through doctor’s offices and anecdotally that there are a lot of people out there with flu like illness. It’s just if they haven’t been to the doctor and haven’t had it tested we can’t say for sure it was a case of the flu,” says Health Department spokeswoman Jane Viste.

Viste says the county has confirmed 11 cases of influenza since October with 3 just this week. 39 cases were confirmed during all of last year’s flu season.

Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don’t know why things are off to such a slow start. The CDC reported on Friday that that California has had widespread cases for the last two weeks and Missouri has seen a spike in reports of flu-like illness.


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