The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) weekly flu report shows, for the first time this flu season, the flu is widespread in Texas.
After several weekly reports, the CDC turned the Lone Star State a dark brown color on a map in its report, denoting that the flu in Texas is widespread.
The flu in New Mexico has been widespread for the last five weeks.
The CDC says the flu is considered widespread in a state if there’s been an increase in at least half of the regions.
The most recent report also shows flu activity in New Mexico at the highest possible level and Texas as the second highest.
The Walgreens flu index is another report claiming flu activity is high in the Borderland. The report groups El Paso and Las Cruces together, saying our area has the fourth-highest flu rate in the country.
That report is based on prescription data on medications to treat the flu.
So far this flu season, three people have died in El Paso—One of whom was in her mid-20s with no underlying health conditions.
The New Mexico Department of Health says four people have died from the flu in the Land of Enchantment.
The CDC says to fight the flu you should get you and your family vaccinated, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and, if prescribed, take antiviral drugs.
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