An 11 year old
from Wilmington is the first laboratory confirmed case of flu for the current flu season. The child is recovering at home. Public Health officials say flu cases in the First State are not widespread.
NEWS RELEASE: DELAWARE CONFIRMS FIRST INFLUENZA CASE FOR 2011-2012
Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) reports the state’s first laboratory confirmed case of influenza for the 2011-2012 flu season. Yesterday the Delaware Public Health Laboratory confirmed influenza type A/H3 in an 11-year-old boy
from Wilmington. The child is recovering at home. Influenza A/H3 currently accounts for 30 percent of the flu cases that have occurred nationwide this season.
Beginning in October each year, DPH monitors the occurrence of influenza-like illness in hospitals, selected long term care facilities and medical clinics to track flu trends in the state. Reports so far do not suggest that influenza is widely circulating in Delaware.
“Flu seasons can be unpredictable and immunization is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from infection,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. “This year’s influenza vaccine provides protection against this A strain of flu. Because it is not yet widespread, there is still time to be vaccinated.”......http://www.wgmd.com/?p=41551