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Health Officials: Oregon Flu Season Winding Down

OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 1:13 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon’s flu season appears to be winding down, according to the state health department.

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Over the last few weeks, hospitalizations from flu in Oregon have dropped-off from 115 a week to 23. At the same time, fewer people are turning up at local clinics with flu-like symptoms.

Doctor Ann Thomas of the  Oregon Public Health Division says the geographic spread of the disease has decreased from widespread to regional.

“We’ll still see flu circulating for at least a few more weeks,” she said. “And of course there’s always sporadic cases after that. But I think the worst of it is over.”

Thomas says there is one caveat: that sometimes flu type B comes to the fore after flu type A dies off. This year it’s been the type A flu, H1N1, that has caused most of the hospitalizations.

 Online: http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/CommunicableDisease/DiseaseSurveillanceData/Influenza/Documents/data/FluBites.pdf

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