SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Flu cases exceed record highs in Delaware

Flu cases exceed record highs in Delaware | Courtesy of worldatlas.com
Delaware laboratory records confirm the state has experienced an all-time high in flu cases for the 2014-2015 flu season, passing even the outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009-10.

The state’s total of lab-confirmed flu cases stands at 2,309, more than the swine flu outbreak of 2,247. Delaware has also seen a record-breaking statistic in flu-related fatalities --28 -- which is four times higher than the seven deaths from in 2009-10.

"Flu is a highly unpredictable disease and very easy to take for granted since it is constantly with us," Delaware Public Health Division Director Karyl Rattay said. "No one could have predicted this year would be so deadly or include so many cases. Flu's annual presence and unpredictability is what makes precautions and prevention efforts every year so important."

Delaware leaders encourage the public to remain cautious.

“As the flu year seems to be winding down, it is still important for people to remember prevention,” Rita Landgraf, cabinet secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, said. “Wash your hands constantly, stay home when ill, and contact your medical provider if you begin to show symptoms, particularly if you are elderly or have underlying health conditions."

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