Jan 13, 2015

Flu Spikes, Concentrations in SD Metro Areas

Influenza cases are spiking across South Dakota, with a concentration of cases in Pennington County and around Rapid City, according to the South Dakota Department of Health and a KELO TV report

As of Jan. 9, 12 South Dakotans had died from the flu this season, and 245 had been hospitalized.

Data released by the state Health Department shows most of the confirmed cases are Influenza A untyped, while a significant percentage are Influenza AH3 and a small percentage are Influenza B. 

A map included in the pdf document attached to this post and in the link above shows concentrations of cases in South Dakota's metropolitan areas, although the number of cases per city or county was not included. 

The flu has been declared "widespread" across South Dakota, with its severity listed as "moderate." 

Find more information and data about the flu online from the South Dakota Department of Health. Find more information about Health in South Dakota on the South Dakota Dashboard

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