Flu-like illnessess still rising in Washoe County

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Health District reports Influenza-Like Illness (ILI) continues to rise in Washoe County with a second peak of activity last week.

The entire report for week 8 of flu season, the week of February 17-23, 2019, can be seen via the pdf attached to this story.

Below are highlights from WCHD:

• During week #8, the percentage of persons seen locally with ILI increased to 4.2%, which is above the regional baseline of 2.3%.
This is the 5th week in a row we have seen increasing ILI activity locally.
This represents a second peak to our flu season – earlier this season we had peaked at 4.2% ILI in Week 52 (week ending December 29, 2018).
It is unclear as to whether local ILI activity has peaked or will continue to rise. Nationally, forecasting predicts that flu season likely is peaking, but that elevated flu activity will continue for the next several weeks.

• During week #8, by age group ILI activity was highest among 0-4 years (20.0%) and lowest among 50-64 years (1.7%).

• During week #7, the percentage of persons seen nationally with ILI increased to 5.1%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%.

The health district's recommendations for flu prevention have not changed:

Get a flu shot, wash your hands and common surfaces frequently, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve, and stay home when you’re sick and avoid social encounters.

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