Flu cases soar in ND

Season’s first influenza A case confirmed in Hillsboro Tuesday

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2020 6:00 am

The North Dakota Department of Health has reported a spike in influenza cases across the state, a trend that appears to be mirrored locally.

Physician Tim Luithle of Sanford Health Hillsboro said the Hillsboro clinic has confirmed a number of influenza B cases in recent weeks.

The clinic had its first confirmed case of influenza A on Tuesday, Luithle said.

“Up until this morning it was influenza B but now influenza A came back positive,” Luithle said Tuesday afternoon. “And once it’s here, it’s here.”

State health officials announced Friday, Jan. 3 that 1,989 laboratory-identified cases of the flu had been reported compared to 750 at this time last year.

Many flu victims were under age 10. Across the state, 47 percent of children ages 6 months to 4 years have been vaccinated, health officials said.

“Everyone 6 months and older should be vaccinated, regardless of health status,” said Levi Schlosser, influenza surveillance coordinator with the Department of Health.

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