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Flu eases in Twin Cities

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:09:47 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The crush of influenza cases has eased in Bloomington-Normal. That's according to OSF Saint Joseph and Advocate BroMenn Medical Centers. The hospitals are lifting visitor restrictions imposed two weeks ago that barred people under the age of 18 from visiting hospital rooms. Kera Simon with the McLean County Health Department says schools are also reporting fewer cases.

"It's starting to trail off, which is good because earlier in the year whenever the children came back to school, at the Health Department we were concerned that we might see an increase again. But, that hasn't happened."

Simon says the health department has had no instances reported of intensive care hospitalization for flu since December. So far this season, five people with the flu have been to hospital ICUs and one has died in McLean County. Hospital medical staff are still asking people who have flu like symptoms to avoid visiting loved ones. Statewide, most flu fatalities this year have been to people over the age of 50.

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