Department of Health sees Influenza Rates Rise, but don’t rival 2018
Written by jordanmckamey on February 27, 2019
Influenza is active in the state so far this season, though rates have not reached the pandemic levels seen last year, the Wyoming Department of Health said Monday.
An e-mail obtained by the Casper Star-Tribune quoted WDH spokeswoman Kim Deti stating — “We are reporting widespread influenza activity as are most states. Wyoming is one of 30 other states that has recently reported what is known as high ILI activity. A high ILI activity level indicates that the proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness is elevated.”
The dominant strain of the flu is H1N1, which was the cause of the 2009 epidemic.
Symptoms include “fever, headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose and muscle aches,” according to the state Health Department. Officials urged Wyomingites to be vaccinated to help prevent the spread of the highly infectious disease.