Missouri one of states hit hardest by the flu

Graphic Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The map shows states with the highest flu activity the week ending January 6. (

With more than 40,000 reported cases so far this year, Missouri is one of the states hit hardest by the flu.

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map of the United States showed Missouri highlighted in red, indicating the highest activity level of influenza.

A spokesperson with the Lake Regional Medical Center said Thursday the jump in cases prompted a meeting earlier this week among the areas emergency personnel.

“As the number of influenza cases continues to climb, health care systems across our state must prepare for high patient loads,” Paul Harris R.N. said. “We invited our community partners to this meeting to assess our current situation and to ensure that we can continue to meet the needs of our community. This information sharing ensures our strategies are flexible and proactive. We want the community to know we are taking the situation seriously.”

Lake Regional officials said positive influenza tests more than doubled from the final week in December (15 positive tests) compared to the first week in January (34 positive tests). They said activity remained high this week with 30 positive cases of the flu.

Officials said last week, statewide activity remained high with 8,022 positive tests.

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