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Death Toll Rises in Flu Cases Across Iowa

Posted: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 at 5:00 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News - Nathan Sage

Flu outbreak continues to be deadly in Iowa.

As of January 27th the Center for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) has reported 77 people in Iowa have died as a result of the flu. Nurse Judi Van Hulzen with Marion County Public Health tells KNIA/KRLS News influenza usually lasts about seven days and includes symptoms such as fatigue, fever, congestion and cough, as well as body aches. Van Hulzen says the flu can result in pneumonia and sometimes death. She recommends people get the flu shot as well as cover their cough, wash their hands and to stay home when sick. The CDC is also reporting that 33 schools in Iowa have have reached or surpassed the 10% absentee threshold due to the illness. In Iowa, if more than 10% of students are missing classes due to illness, the number will be reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health.