Texas Public Health Officials: Flu-like Activity Increasing Across the State
Texas public health officials say every region of the state, including Montgomery and Harris counties, is seeing intense flu activity this season, which could result, as in past years, in at least several hundred deaths.
In Harris County, hospital emergency room visits for flu-like symptoms are at a five-year high.
Christine Mann, spokeswoman for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said Thursday her agency is aware of suspected flu cases that Montgomery County public health officials are investigating. She said the county is sending specimens to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta for more extensive testing and confirmation.
“We’ll wait and see what they find,” Mann said, adding that the H1N1 virus, formerly known as swine flu, is the predominant strain this season, which started in September and typically runs until spring.