Influenza on the rise in North Texas

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Flu season is ramping up in Texas with 5,585 cases statewide, according to the most recent report from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services released Dec. 30.

The 2017-18 flu season began Oct. 1. From the season start to Dec. 30, 36,113 people in Texas have been tested with approximately 15.5 percent testing positive for the flu.

The flu situation in Texas was upgraded to “widespread” status in mid-December. That means influenza-like illness outbreaks have been seen in at least half of the state’s study regions, and influenza itself has been confirmed in the state by lab testing.

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