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From news release
The number of reported flu cases in Greene County continues to decline for the third week in a row. While the trend is a good one, flu continues to be present in the community. Missouri is one of 31 states classified as having “widespread” influenza activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is one of 11 states reporting “high” levels of influenza-like illness, or ILI (as of the week ending Feb. 9 – link: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
Statewide, the number of reported cases dropped well below the “historic baseline” level that state health officials use as a guideline for tracking disease. Once again, however, the ILI level is more in the range of what we would see during the traditional peak of flu season (as seen in Graph 2 in the link below). Illness continues to be present, therefore vaccination and solid hygiene practices remain important for prevention.
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