Flu Numbers Continue to Rise in St. Louis Region

Widespread influenza now reported in both Missouri and Illinois

Fred Bodimer
February 07, 2019 - 12:09 pm

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — Local flu numbers keep going up. 

This past week, St. Louis County saw its highest number of new flu cases this season – at 330, up from 279 cases the week before. Same thing in St. Charles County, 328 new cases...up from 204 last week.

SLUCare's Dr. Nirav Patel is an infectious diseases specialist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. He says the advice remains the same as its always been.

"The most important thing everyone can do is get their flu shot if you haven't and wash your hands."

Missouri and Illinois are now reporting widespread influenza throughout both states...that's up from just regional activity the previous week. 43 other states are also reporting widespread influenza activity.

Dr. Patel says it's important to keep your "good respiratory etiquette" during this part of the flu season.

"If you're sneezing or having to blow your nose, do so into a Kleenex and wash your hands afterwards to avoid spreading viruses."

Related: New Flu Cases in St. Louis County Are Dropping