Influenza Season Not Over Yet
Written by andrew-rossi on March 30, 2018
It’s apparent from the numbers of people in the Big Horn Basin who continue to miss work and school that this winter’s deadly flu season isn’t over yet.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that while the season was mainly dominated by the H3N2 virus, an influenza A strain that is more severe and less receptive to vaccines than other types of the flu, influenza B has now overtaken influenza A.
Bill Crampton with the Park County Public Health Office says Wyoming is one of the states that is showing a resurgence in influenza reports.
Cases of the B-strain made up nearly 60 percent of the country’s flu cases reported during the week of March 17, according to the CDC.
The most recent reports available from the Wyoming Department of Health report that 141 people have been diagnosed with influenza in Park County this flu season. Washakie has had just 26 so far; and Big Horn just 48.