Thousands of children are going back to school Monday after the holiday break and officials are hoping the time off will help stop the spread of influenza.
The Minnesota Department of Health is expected to release their newest flu report later Wednesday. According to the most recently released numbers from last week, the health department says 543 school outbreaks have been reported this season.
Minnesota is experiencing the worst flu outbreak in four years. Hundreds of schools across the state have been affected and now doctors and nurses are getting sick, too. Hospitals have admitted more than 300 Minnesotans with the flu this season. Sixty of the cases happened just in the last week. There were 22 cases in the same week in 2013.
Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities. Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week.
The Minnesota Department of Health said that there were 15 more deaths in the last week as a result of the flu outbreak.
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that 15 more people in Minnesota have died as a result of the influenza virus in the last week.
The Minnesota Department of Health said that there were 33 more deaths related to the influenza virus in Minnesota this past week.
The flu is pounding Wisconsin. State health officials say they’re seeing a dramatic spike in cases and hospitalizations.
The southern part of the state is described as the epicenter of the outbreak this year.
An infectious disease specialist with the Minnesota Department of Health says an increasing number of schools across the state are reporting flu-like illnesses.