Friday, January 25, 2013
Department of Health says there were an additional 15 deaths last week, but that number of people hospitalized with flu-like symptoms has fallen dramatically.
Influenza killed 15 more Minnesotans last week, bringing the total number of state deaths in the current outbreak to 75--more than the total number of state residents killed during the last big outbreak during 2009-10. But the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) weekly flu update, released Thursday afternoon, also contained good news: Only 208 people across the state were newly hospitalized last week with laboratory-confirmed influenza, a big drop from the 476 hospitalized the previous week. Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz told WCCO that it will be another week before officials know for sure where the flu season has peaked in Minnesota. But he added that trends are pointing in that direction. For example, there were only nine …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
New data released Thursday shows new cases continuing to climb.
The influenza outbreak of 2012-13 has now killed 60 Minnesotans and hospitalized 1,842, according to information released today by the Minnesota Department of Health. What's fact and what's fiction in the influenza epidemic? Ask a Patch Pro The department’s second weekly report on the flu outbreak more than doubles the number of reported deaths in the state; which totaled 27 last week. The total number of deaths is now nearly as high as that of the swine flu outbreak of 2009-10, which killed 67 Minnesotans. The number of flu-related hospitalizations actually exceeds the total of 2009-10. According to a Fox 9 news report, 88 percent of the deaths were patients age 65 or older, making up 53 of the 60 fatal cases this season. There were no …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Get answers from a medical doctor, a specialist in traditional Chinese medicine, and two public health professionals.
The numbers behind this winter's influenza epidemic can look really scary. It's sickened thousands and killed at least 27 in Minnesota alone, including a 14-year old St. Louis Park high schooler who was first hospitalized on Christmas Day. To top it off, the flu strains being passed around this year are spreading even further and faster than in most years. All together, it can make you worry that the next person to sneeze on you at the grocery store could give you the bug. It's the kind of worry that leaves you asking questions. How contagious is influenza? What can you do to steel yourself against the virus? How does a flu shot or an immune-boosting substance even work? To answer all your queries, Patch has asked a team of experts to …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
More than 1,100 hospitalized; Minnesota Department of Health urges precautions.
This flu season is proving brutal in Minnesota, with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) now reporting 27 deaths in the state, including 23 that officials have been able to confirm as flu-related since Dec. 30. Since the start of the influenza season, 1,121 people have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, according to the MDH reports for the 2012–2013 season. That number includes 401 hospitalizations for the week ending Jan. 5. MDH officials say the number of those hospitalized throughout the state rivals those seen during the 2009 swine flu pandemic, but that there is no evidence that the current wave of illnesses is prompted by a new virus. "What is occurring has happened before," Minnesota Health Commissioner Dr…
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
Wednesday, January 9
With the death on Tuesday of a 14-year old St. Louis Park high schooler, Minnesota's influenza oubtreak is back in the spotlight. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Health, over 225 people were been hospitalized for influenza in the last week of December 2012, the most recent period for which statistics are available. Since the start of flu season, over 576 people have been hospitalized with confirmed influenza infections. The vast majority of those cases, the department reports, are located in the Twin Cities metro area. This time last year, flu cases were dramatically lower in Minnesota than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Southwest Minneapolis-specific data is not available on Flu Trends, but flu …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
This season's outbreak has sickened over 120 locally since Dec. 22.
According to the Star-Tribune, this winter's flu outbreak is worrying state health officials. With nearly 300 sickened this early in the season—120 of which came down with la grippe in the last calendar week of December 2012—a state health official the paper talked to thought that "this has the potential to be severe." Since Dec. 22, the number of ill people showing up at emergency rooms and clinics has continued unabated, say health officials. And some say it's just as bad as it was at the same time of year during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic when 1,800 people in Minnesota were hospitalized over a 12-month period. Since the official start of the flu season in October, 297 people have been hospitalized. The Health Department will release updated…