San Angelo not spared from widespread flu cases across Texas

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In a proclamation, the governor confirmed that health care workers, as well as health care facilities, are becoming so overwhelmed by the number of sick patients "that care may now no longer be provided in the traditional, normal, and customary manner nor is the utilization of traditional, normal, and customary standards of care possible". "We will know better in the next couple of weeks". "With news of rising flu activity, people have been seeking out protection against the potentially deadly virus".

Both hospitals are reporting cases from in-patient hospital and emergency room visits but not from their urgent care or clinics.

"H3N2 generally affects younger children and seniors", Dr. Werker said.

That's according to Dr. Denise Werker, the province's deputy chief medical health officer, who stood in for Dr. Saqib Shahab to provide reporters with an update Thursday. Additionally 1,200 people have tested positive for influenza.

"Two years ago, at this point in time, by the first part of January, we only had one hospitalized case, last year we had around 70 hospitalized cases", said Lynn Procell, Director of the Community Health Division, Pueblo City-County Health Department.

Children under 5 and adults older than 65 are the most vulnerable.

Three more flu patients in Hong Kong died on Wednesday (Jan 10), prompting the Centre for Health Protection to advise people to adopt measures to protect themselves during the cold season in a news release on Friday. "Although influenza season usually peaks between December and February, flu activity can occur as late as May, which means it is not too late to get vaccinated".

Cases of the flu were close to epidemic levels at the end of 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Some of the symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuffy nose, headache, muscle aches and extreme fatigue.

How does it spread?

If you are sick with flu-like illness, the CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.