Knox Co.(Ten.) Health Department sees rise in H1N1 flu cases

Thursday, January 2, 2014
By Paul Martin

Mary Scott
WBIR.com
December 30, 2013

We are still weeks away from the peak of flu season but the virus is already making its way through East Tennessee.

The Centers for Disease Controlreports the flu is “widespread” in ten states– up from none two weeks ago. In Tennessee, the CDC considers the flu to be “regional” or one step down from “widespread.”

The Knox County Health Department said their reporting doctors are seeing an increase in flu cases, specifically the H1N1 strain.

“We are seeing it {flu cases} go up. And typically we see it go up in states around us and then in other places and we’ll see it go up in Knox County as well,” said Knox County Health Department Director Dr. Martha Buchanan.

The H1N1 may sound scary, but its symptoms are the same as any other flu.

“It varies every year what’s the predominant strain but what people need to understand is that it’s part of flu now and its going to be around for a few years,” said Dr. Buchanan.

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