Texas DSHS: Flu Cases Rising Across Texas and the Panhandle

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The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) released their latest surveillance report on the Flu in Texas.
The last week reported is February 5 through February 11. 
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,
  • Hansford,
  • Ochiltree
  • Lipscomb,
  • Hartley,
  • Moore,
  • Hutchinson,
  • Hemphill,
  • Potter,
  • Carson,
  • Randall,
  • Armstrong,
  • Donley,
  • Collingsworth,
  • Parmer,
  • Castro,
  • Briscoe,
  • Hall, and
  • Childress.

The following panhandle counties reported cases of flu like illness:

  • Roberts, and
  • Wheeler

The following panhandle counties reported Flu A cases:

  • Gray,
  • Deaf Smith, and
  • Swisher.
Right now Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting the following strains of flu is testing positive in hospitals (Flu B, Flu A (Not Subtyped), Flu A (H3N2), AND Flu A (H1N1)) and Texas Public Health Laboratories ( Flu B (Victoria), Flu B (Yamagata), Flu A (H3N2), and Flu A  (H1N1)).
The DSHS is also reporting that 2,421 people have died from Pneumonia and influenza this year. 1891 of those 2,421 deaths came from people over the age of 65. 101 of those deaths were in our region.

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