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Flu activity remains high in Kane County

Published: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 5:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 9:59 p.m. CDT

Although the number of flu cases at emergency rooms across Kane County continues to drop, flu activity remains above average.

The Kane County Health Department released data Friday showing about 5.47 percent of hospital emergency room visits between Jan. 6 and 12 were for flulike illnesses, down from about 7.47 percent the previous week. But health department spokesman Tom Schlueter said flu activity remains high for this point in the season, noting that five is the baseline number.

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting flu activity across the state. The department reported that 3.7 percent of hospital emergency room visits between Jan. 6 and 12 were for flulike illnesses, compared with 4.8 percent the previous week.

Illinois is among 30 states reporting high flu activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an increase from 24 states the previous week. In addition, 10 states reported moderate levels of flu activity.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director LaMar Hasbrouck advised that only people with severe respiratory illness who have trouble breathing need to visit a hospital emergency room. In most cases, it is recommended to contact a health professional before going to the emergency room.

Schlueter said the majority of people suffering from the flu need to stay home, rest and let the flu run its course.

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