Influenza has become widespread in the state of Ohio, and now, a Michigan county just over the border is reporting a significant increase in cases with many affecting normally healthy adults.
The Lenawee County Health Department said Tuesday that the county has seen a significant increase in the number of people seeking treatment for flu. The county has reported almost 500 cases of influenza this season, including 39 lab-confirmed cases. Of those cases, eight tested positive for Influenza A. Three tested positive for the pandemic H1N1 virus.
Those seeking treatment for flu in Lenawee County include people ranging in age from four to 90 years of age. "This year's flu is affecting the 18-59-year-old group particularly hard, including those who are healthy and active," the health department said in a statement.
The health department said there have been eight flu-related hospitalizations and one adult death associated with the flu.
Ohio's Wood County said Tuesday that flu cases are being
reported at expected levels
. They said they have seen 42 cases so far this year, much lower than what is being reported in Michigan's Lenawee County.
On Monday, Lucas County reported the fourth death from flu in recent weeks. The county has seen dozens of cases of flu treated at area hospitals since late 2012, with an increase in cases over the past few weeks. The recent deaths are the first flu-related deaths in the area in at least two years, according to health officials.
Health officials in Adrian are encouraging all county residents to protect themselves by seek a seasonal flu vaccine if they have not already done so. The current seasonal vaccine includes protection against the H1N1 strain and offers the best protection against flu.
To schedule an appointment for a flu shot in Lenawee County, please call 517-264-5226 option 2.