Louisville flu cases rise more than 20 percent in latest weekly report

Flu cases in Louisville Metro account for more than half the cases statewide.

 

There were 719 new cases of flu confirmed in Louisville last week — a 21 percent increase from the week before and the highest weekly total so far this season, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness reported.

The surge brought the season’s total number of cases to 3,702 in Louisville. Statewide, the  number of cases totaled 7,285 for the season. That means more than half the state’s cases have been in Louisville, even though Louisville Metro accounts for less than 15 percent of the state’s population.

Statewide, there were 1,876 new cases confirmed during the week, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

There were no additional flu deaths reported in Louisville, where the flu has claimed four lives so far this season. Kentucky officials reported two adult deaths statewide during the week, bringing the season’s total to 20 adults and one child.

Traditionally, the flu season in the Louisville area continues through March.

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Flu prevention tips

  • Get the flu shot: It is not too late. By getting your flu shot, you are protecting yourself from this season’s anticipated flu strains. The vaccine also may help lessen the severity of flu symptoms if you do catch the flu.
  • Wash your hands: Good hand hygiene is the No. 1 way to stop the spread of germs. Be sure to scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds and dry with a clean towel, or air-dry them.
  • Take care of you: Get lots of rest; drink lots of fluids, especially warm liquids; and eat nutritious, well-balanced meals.

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