Influenza On The Rise In Minnesota

Friday, December 27th, 2013 at 7:16 am

Influenza is back in Minnesota.

According to the Associated Press, the Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season.

The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.

Health department spokesman Doug Shultz tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that “things are starting to increase.”

More Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu a year ago at this time, but Schultz says it’s too early to know how the current flu season ultimately will compare with last season, which was Minnesota’s worst flu season in five years.

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