Flu season may last little longer than usual

There’s been a spike in flu cases in one county in the Tri-State.

According to officials at the Muhlenberg County Health Department, there has been 44 confirmed cases of the flu this week. That’s up from 29 cases last week.

They tell us they’re seeing these cases with both A and B strains of the virus. The Center for Disease Control is still encouraging people to get the flu shot. It’s not too late.

“Due to the fact that it has hit later, typically you see quite a bit of flu in December and January and we really didn’t start getting confirmed flu cases until much later, closer to the end of February, so I have a feeling that the flu season is going to last a little later this year,” said Dr. Jennifer Liles”

Dr. David Schultz with Evansville Primary care says they are also seeing a spike in flu cases in Evansville as well. He says the fact that we had such a warm November and December contributed to the later flu season, as the flu virus spreads when the temperatures get cooler.

Health department officials are advising people to stay home if they’re sick. If you have to be out, wash your hands often and sneeze and cough into your elbow or cover your mouth with a tissue to prevent spreading the flu.

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.