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Flu remains widespread across the state

PHOENIX -- Despite the temperatures heating up, Arizona remains in the grip of the flu.

Shane Brady with the Arizona Department of Health Services said the week of Feb. 2-8 brought almost 1,050 new confirmed cases of the flu, up from 1,020 during the week of Jan. 26.

And flu season is only at the midway point.

Brady said Arizona has had about 5,800 confirmed cases for the season, spread across all 15 counties. He also said about 40 percent of the flu activity has affected the age group of 19 to 49 years old.

"In previous seasons, the average in that age group was about 27 percent. This year is a lot higher," said Brady. "Generally, the flu doesn't affect that group as much."

Brady said the confirmed cases only represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza. Many people do not visit the doctor when they're ill and doctors should not be expected to run tests on all patients exhibiting influenza-like symptoms.

Brady said they've seen one pediatric death this flu season, but the department doesn't monitor adult flu deaths.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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