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Maryland Flu Cases On the Rise

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SALISBURY, Md.- Statewide, flu-related cases are on the rise, including Maryland's flu-related death toll. 

For the week ending Feb. 23, the latest numbers, the Maryland Department of Health noted that the Influenza-like illness activity in Maryland is high and widespread. 

According to the Maryland Department of Health, there have been 29 flu-related deaths recorded from people who visited hospitals this season.This also includes the one pediatric death recorded.

And though the numbers continue to climb, these numbers are down significantly from this time last year at 47.

But doctors in Maryland say we're not out of the woods yet, and there may be a late surge on the way due to recent flu activity in Delaware. 

The latest reports from the Delaware Department of Health say there's been 16 flu-related this season. 

Health professionals statewide, and here on Delmarva are urging that people still get vaccinated. 

Michael Bush, a physician assistant at Your Doc's In in Salisbury, said their office has been full of people displaying flu-like symptoms.

Bush says they've been seeing Influenza-A more than anything, but in comparison to previous strains, "some of the differences I've noticed, they haven't been running consistent fevers, which has been a bit of a change from previous strains."

Other doctors agree, and say this could be the reason some people do not realize they have the flu. 

Peninsula Regional Medical Center officials say people continue to come into their emergency room coughing, sneezing, and showing signs of fatigue this season. 

"Really, the cough is the biggest way it spreads, so that's really important. If you have a fever and a cough, we want to make sure you're isolated from people," said Gail Lemay with PRMC.

Lemay says Maryland has been fortunate having a slower year so far, but Delaware's numbers may contribute to more flu-related illnesses down the road. 

"We see people from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia and then people who travel in," she said. 

The Wicomico County Health Department is urging people to continue to get vaccinated, even though the numbers may not be as high as last year. 

"Right now the vaccine is looking like it's about 47 percent effective, which isn't too bad, but it's still not protecting everybody," Olivia Butler with the Health Department said.





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