Local health officials report 50 percent increase in reported flu cases

By  | 

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The number of reported flu and flu-like illnesses increased by 50 percent during the week just before Christmas, the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District said Wednesday.

The number of cases reported during the week ending Dec. 22 rose to 1,541 from 1,041 cases reported the week before, which was nearly triple the 338 cases reported during the week that ended on Dec. 8.

“The health district recommends that anyone with flu symptoms, including a fever, avoid contact with others. If you are sick or experiencing any symptoms, please stay at home<’ officials said in a press release Wednesday.

A total of 303 cases was reported during the week ending on Dec. 1, and 204 cases were reported during the week ending on Nov. 25.

Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, chills and muscle aches.

While most people are ill for only a few days some may require hospital treatment, and among those at highest risk, the virus can be lethal.

Those at highest risk include people 65 and older without chronic health conditions, residents of long-term care facilities, children from six to 23 months, pregnant women, health care personnel with direct patient contact, and those with such chronic health problems as heart, kidney and lung disease or weakened immune systems.