Texas Department of State Health Services: Flu Activity Rises in Texas Panhandle

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released their latest surveillance report on the Flu in Texas.
The last week reported is December 11, 2016 through December 17, 2016.
On Friday, DSHS reported that the flu activity has increased in the Amarillo Health Service Region.
The following counties reported a rapid positive test flu in the past week:
  • Dallam
  • Hartley
  • Moore
  • Potter
  • Randall
  • Parmer
  • Castro
The following panhandle counties reported cases of flu like illness:
  • Lipscomb
  • Hutchinson
  • Hemphill
  • Deaf Smith
  • Wheeler
  • Collingsworth
  • Swisher
  • Briscoe
Right now Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting these types of flu that is testing positive in the state of Texas. (Flu B, Flu B (Victoria), Flu B (Yamagata), Flu A (not subtyped), Flu A (H3N2), Flu A (H1N1))
The DSHS is also reporting that 1,237 people have died from Pneumonia and influenza this year. 979 of those 1,237 deaths came from people over the age of 65. 51 of those deaths were in our region.

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