MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Flu season in Minnesota is off to an unusual start, with the B strain of influenza causing most of the lab-confirmed cases instead of the usual A strain.
The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Department of Health released data Thursday showing that B strains made up about 80% of the positive flu specimens obtained in clinics and hospitals that were tested in the first week of December.READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: State Plan To Vaccinate Kids 5-11 For COVID-19 Includes 1,100+ Health Providers, In-School Vax Clinics
A strains appeared first in the state’s past 10 flu seasons and did most of the damage.READ MORE: Minneapolis Elections: Mayoral Candidates On Strong Mayor, Public Safety Ballot Questions
B strains barely registered until February. The B strains have historically spread faster among children.MORE NEWS: Men Shot By Kyle Rittenhouse Can Be Called 'Rioters,' 'Looters' & 'Arsonists' At Trial, Judge Rules (CBS News)
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