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New York State Department of Health

The annual declaration from health authorities that the flu is prevalent in New York state kicked off a series of rules for hospitals and nursing homes.

People who work in health care and are not vaccinated now need to wear surgical masks around patients.

Also, hospitals and nursing homes need to keep track of the number of workers who are unvaccinated and report that data to state authorities.

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A child under 4 years old has died of the flu in Monroe County, becoming the first fatality of this year's flu season.

The death, reported in the county's weekly flu surveillance information, happened sometime between Oct. 1 and Oct. 19.

County public health commissioner Michael Mendoza confirmed the death, but said the county cannot share any more information about the child.

Flu season is usually most active from November through April, but this year, doctors said, it's arrived early.

iScience

Researchers at the University of Rochester said that they have found links between environmental toxins and weakened immune systems that get passed down from generation to generation.

Paige Lawrence, who runs a lab in the environmental medicine department at the University of Rochester, said the results of the study, published this month in the journal iScience, could help explain why some people are more vulnerable to the flu than others.

The project started with mice. 

The flu virus is still around, but the numbers are definitely on the decline.

The latest numbers just out from the Monroe County Health Department are for the week ending April 27.  They show 21 deaths so far this flu season, compared to 19 at this time last year.

Most of the deaths involve people 65 and over.

But the other numbers show a lot more activity last year, in what was generally recognized as a bad flu season, compared to his year.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / Dr. Michael Shaw; Doug Jordan, M.A.

 

The flu is still widespread in New York and 10 other states, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

That means the disease is infecting people in a broad geographic area. It’s unusual for so many states to still have widespread flu this late into the year, health officials said.

“This has been a long season across the country,” said Ed Walsh, chief of Rochester General Hospital’s infectious disease group. “The flu won’t quit. It just keeps going.”

MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH & PREVENTION

The latest weekly numbers on the flu in Monroe County show an increase in confirmed cases, but the number of new cases continues to decline.

The number of deaths so far this flu season rose by one in the latest weekly figures, up to 17.

The figures are as of April 6, and they show that there have been 5,461 confirmed cases of flu in Monroe County, up about 450 from the previous week. Hospitalizations also rose.

MONROE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH & PREVENTION

The Monroe County Health Department has released the latest weekly figures on the flu, and while the total number of confirmed cases for the season has risen, there is an encouraging trend.

Health officials say that the number of new cases is trending down. There were 469 new cases in the week ending March 30, compared to 544 new cases in the previous week.

The number of overall flu cases confirmed in Monroe County so far this season is just over 5,000, which is about 1,600 less than this time last year.

Monroe County Public Health Department and University of Rochester Medical Center Center for Community Health & Prevention

Flu cases have dropped from a late-season surge in Monroe County. But the number of hospitalizations for the virus has spiked among the oldest members of the population, and four more people have died, according to the county’s most recent data.

Sixteen people have now died from the flu this season in the county.

Emil Lesho, a health care epidemiologist at Rochester Regional Health, said it’s difficult to tell exactly why the spikes are happening. “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know if anybody knows what’s going on,” he said.

URMC CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AND PREVENTION

The number of flu cases confirmed in Monroe County have risen.

The latest on the weekly figures have been released by the county health department.

The number of deaths in Monroe County so far this season rose by one to 11, in the latest figures which are as of March 16

And the number of laboratory confirmed cases of the flu so far this season  jumped more than 600 from the previous week, to nearly 4,000.

URMC CENTER FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH AND PREVENTION

The number of flu deaths in Monroe County has increased by one in the latest weekly numbers from the county health department.

There were 10 deaths reported for the current flu season as of March 9.  That compares to 13 at this time last year. All of those deaths involved people 50 or older.

In general, this has been a much less severe season than last year, both locally and nationally.

The latest figures for Monroe County show 3,340 laboratory confirmed cases of the flu this season compared to 5,623 cases at this time last year.

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