Lebanon Reporter

January 5, 2013

Stomach bug, flu taking toll in county

By Rod Rose
Assistant Managing Editor

Boone County — Seven Hoosiers have died from flu-related illnesses through Jan. 2, the Indiana State Health Department said in its weekly influenza status update released Wednesday. Five of those victims were 65 or older. More than 400 flu viruses have been identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since monitoring began on Oct. 1. The CDC’s latest “FluView” update was released Dec. 22.

Flu rates in Indiana are considered widespread to high, the ISDH said. The percentage of patients visiting  26 “sentinel” clinics with symptoms resembling influenza went from 3.40 percent two weeks ago to 7.27 percent the week ending Jan. 2, the ISDH said.

“These last two weeks we’ve been hearing a lot about it,” said Cindy Murphy, RN, administrator of the Boone County Health Department.

“Since the first of December, Witham Health Services has had several patients test positive for influenza and we have seen an increase in our ER departments for flu-type symptoms,” said Gene Davis, RN, director of nursing and infection control at Witham Health Services.

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