H1N1 Flu Widespread in Idaho, 39 Other States

Monday, January 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

by George Prentice
Boiseweekly.com
JANUARY 19, 2014

The virus is taking advantage of some of the nation’s most vulnerable: 10 children died across the U.S. from complications of the flu last week, bringing the pediatric death total for the season to 20.

If your workplace isn’t filled with the sound of coughing, sneezing and sniffling, consider yourself among the lucky few.

The H1N1 flu is now widespread in 40 states, including Idaho. “Widespread” means that more than half of the geographic region of a state is reporting flu activity. The designation addresses the spread of the flu, not its severity.

Additionally, 14 states, including Idaho, are experiencing a high proportion of outpatient visits to health care providers for flu-like symptoms.

The virus is taking advantage of some of the nation’s most vulnerable: 10 children died across the U.S. from complications of the flu last week, bringing the pediatric death total for the season to 20. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not have data on the number of adult flu deaths, though a South-Central Idaho man in December suffered the first flu-related death of the season, and a North Idaho man reportedly died from flu complications earlier this month. Experts estimate the number of flu-related deaths range from as low as 3,000 to as high as 49,000 people each year.

The unofficial flu season usually runs through April.

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