Missouri Weathers Fierce Flu Season

Jan 30, 2018
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Missouri has seen a major increase in flu cases this flu season. The season, which usually runs from October to May, has produced 53,769 cases of influenza in Missouri as of Jan. 20. And with the variety of strains and degrees, it’s often tough to predict the season’s end. 

“We have seen an increase in the number of flu cases in the early part of the season,” Eric Stann, community relations specialist for Columbia/Boone County Health and Human Services said. “We have also recently seen a decrease in flu cases in comparison to recent weeks, but that does not mean that the flu season is over yet.” 


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A new viral disease has been found in Missouri. That’s according to a report out of the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The virus, named the Heartland virus, was first observed in two northwest Missouri farmers. Scott Folk is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, and is a co-author on the study. He first diagnosed the two farmers with a bacterial disease called erlichiosis, which symptoms include fever, muscle fatigue, headache and nausea.