Flu Cases Declining

By: Bill Martens
By: Bill Martens

The most severe flu season in years may finally be fading away. Granted, it's not going as quickly as some would like, but nevertheless, it is easing up.

The Centers for Disease Control says 38 states, including Wisconsin, are now listed with widespread activity. Last month, that number was at 42.

Colorado, one of the first states hardest hit, is off the list, and local clinics say they're seeing less people coming in with symptoms.

"This week, we've only seen one tested for one case," says Connie Tesky of Bridge Community Health Clinic. "Actually, the week between Christmas and New Year's was probably the worst. We had seen families, everywhere from six people in a family - that were all testing positive for flu."

The number of cases in Wisconsin is going down, but deaths are actually up. The Milwaukee Health Department says 102 people have died related to flu and pneumonia, so until this flu stuff is over, keep washing your hands, get plenty of rest, and all those other precautions.

If you think you might have flu, the best thing you can do is call your doctor. Symptoms include a prolonged fever, trouble breathing and chest pains. Tesky says flu probably won't be gone until spring.