Flu reaching fever pitch

Texas’ current flu outbreak is one of the worst in years as this map illustrates – and the usual peak is not until February. Map courtesy Center of Disease Control

Texas’ current flu outbreak is one of the worst in years as this map illustrates – and the usual peak is not until February. Map courtesy Center of Disease Control
State outbreak worst in years

BY CARLA NOAH STUTSMAN
Flu season is here, and North Texas is among the most hard-hit locations on the map.
Arguably no one is more aware of the outbreak than local physicians like Dr. Keegan Miller, medical director of the emergency department at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Azle.
Miller and his staff – which, by the way, has dwindled due to the flu – treated 55 patients who tested positive for flu during the week of Dec. 24-30 alone.
Of those 55 cases, 51 were Type A flu, while four were Type B.
Miller said positive flu tests accounted for almost half of all tests administered by the department.

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