H1N1 Flu Cases Increase

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Medford, Ore. — We are seeing more cases of the flu nationwide, with an expected peak to the season still weeks away.  ABC’s Chief Health Editor, Dr. Richard Besser says activity has taken a major jump.  He says last week there were six states with widespread activity, now there are 20.

Oregon is just one of several states in the widespread flu category.  Records show 81 people were admitted to Oregon hospitals for the flu during Christmas week.  The majority of them had the H1N1 strain, popularly referred to as the Swine Flu.  Just two weeks earlier, only 18 people had been hospitalized statewide for the flu.

Dr. Besser told Newswatch 12 there is not reason to panic.  However, he said it is important to take the flu seriously.