Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

January 2, 2013

Flu cases top 10,000 in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State figures show 10,676 confirmed flu cases in West Virginia as of mid-December. That's the highest total for the period in at least five years.

In all of December 2011, there were 6,658 cases. During the same period, there were 6,245 cases in 2010, 8,961 in 2009, 6.271 in 2008 and 7,217 in 2007.

The Centers for Disease Control says West Virginia is among 31 states reporting widespread flu activity.

Brandon Merritt with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department tells the Charleston Daily Mail (http://bit.ly/U8T0RG ) that the number of confirmed flu cases across the state has increased steadily for five consecutive weeks.

Merritt says most of the cases are influenza A H3, which is included in this year's flu vaccine.

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West Virginia flu surveillance: www.dhhr.wv.gov/oeps/disease/flu/Pages/fluSurveillance.aspx

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