Southern Wisconsin child dies from the flu

  • Southern Wisconsin child dies from the flu

Southern Wisconsin child dies from the flu

However, a press release issued on February 7 by the State of Alaska stresses that, "All passenger and cargo flights to the US from Wuhan, China, where the novel coronavirus was first detected, continue to be suspended indefinitely".

As to the presence of COVID-19, the official name of the new coronavirus, in Wisconsin, there's still only one confirmed case, which was in Dane County.

Nine more people died of the flu in North Carolina last week, including the youngest victim so far this season, officials said Thursday.

A new coronavirus continues to grab headlines across the globe but closer to home health officials say residents should be more anxious about an old and annual nemesis: Influenza.

"Four of my roommates had the flu at the beginning of the semester", said Boluwarin Dairo, a junior computer science major from Lagos, Nigeria. "I've heard different things, some people say yeah it's not that risky and others say you die quickly", added Thomas from Eau Claire.

There are 4 types of flu viruses - A, B, C and D. However, A and B are the only ones thought to cause the seasonal flu epidemics each winter. Mainly runny nose, congestion, cough. The number of cases nationally have been increasing in double digits for the last few weeks.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), those testing positive for the influenza virus, commonly known as the flu, has risen to 29.8% just this week.

"For the most part they actually have the same morbidity-mortality, meaning you're likely to get the same complications from influenza and Coronavirus".

According to N.C. Central University's Medical Director, Valerie Barnwell, M.D, influenza can easily be spread on a college campus.

"We're kind of at a nice area in Wisconsin that the answer is no right now".

"We are monitoring it", said Gerrard.

At Sacred Heart, they say the only difference is they ask if people have traveled specifically to China recently, the source of the outbreak.

"Getting a flu shot, washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching your face and mouth, while minimizing close contact with those who may have the flu by staying three to six feet away, (can help keep you healthy)" said Heinzelmann.