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CDC Lists Louisiana Among States With Highest Number of Reported Flu Cases

Nov 20, 2019 01:51PM ● By News Desk

According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Louisiana tops the chart with the highest level of reported Influenza (Flu) cases in the continental U.S.

In Lafayette Parish, Carencro Heights Elementary School was closed on November 8, 2019, due to a large number of confirmed influenza virus cases.

It is recommended that anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms see their physician as early as possible for treatment.

What is Influenza (Flu)?

Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (flu) can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

  - fever* or feeling feverish/chills

  - cough

  - sore throat

  - runny or stuffy nose

  - muscle or body aches

  - headaches

  - fatigue (tiredness)

some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

How Flu Spreads

Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.