Potential flu outbreak being monitored in Grant County

— Health officials are concerned about a potential influenza outbreak in Grant County with more than 200 cases confirmed in just two weeks.

“The flu is in our communities year-long but is now increasing at significant numbers, which tells us the seasonal epidemic of influenza has started,” county Health Officer Dr. Alexander Brzezny said today.

Most of the cases are located in the Moses Lake, Quincy and Mattawa areas, he said. And some schools are reporting more than 10 percent student absenteeism.

According to Brzezny, the last two weeks flu reports are higher normal.

Health officials said at-risk patients -- elderly, those younger than 6 months old and health workers -- should consider getting a vaccination at a local pharmacy or at their doctors' offices.

Influenza symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and fatigue.

If your sick, please stay home, health officials said.

According to the state Department of Health, the H3N2 flu viruses are the most common this season.


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