Flu activity on wane but virus ‘still out there’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Anne Polta
Apr 5, 2014

WILLMAR — Influenza activity is waning, but Minnesotans are still being hospitalized with flu and two school districts reported flu outbreaks during the last week of March.

“It is still out there,” Karen Martin, an epidemiologist with the Minnesota Department of Health, said Friday.

Although influenza usually peaks during the winter, it’s common to see it linger well into spring, Martin said. “We know that cases go on through May and sometimes even June and occur sporadically through the summer.”

According to the state Health Department’s most recent update, 22 people were hospitalized for influenza during the week that ended March 29, down from 31 the week before.

Activity peaked at the beginning of January and is now categorized as sporadic statewide.

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