There are flu cases in Tarrant County, Texas

Only a few weeks ago there was hope that this flu season quietly wiped out.

Not now.

The cases of flu once again traverse Tarrant County and the state of Texas.

"We will definitely have a second peak this season – I just do not know if it will go higher than what we saw late December and early January," said Russ Jones, head epidemiologist at Tarrant County Public Health.

The percentage of patients who were seen with influenza-like illness in Tarrant County increased from 4.3 percent during the last week of January to 5 percent during the week ending on 2 February. That is still less than the 7.9 percent seen in the first of the year.

If you're looking for a glimpse of good news, that last season is nowhere near the peak for flu-like illnesses, when it reached 12.89 percent.

Cook Children's Medical Center has also seen flu cases climb again.

There were 264 cases of influenza A and two of influenza B between February 3 and February 9. From 27 January to 2 February, there were 191 cases of influenza A and two of influenza B.

Texas Health Resources emergency department hospitals also saw a jump in the number of flu-like visits between February 2 – 6. On February 5, Texas Health emergency departments saw its highest totals of the week with 191 patients with flu-like symptoms.

The flu is considered to be widespread throughout the world. In the last report, 8.59 percent of visits to clinics and emergency departments were due to flu-like illnesses. That is 6.99 percent less than a week earlier.

There have been four pediatric flu deaths this year, but none in Tarrant County.

The best advice to prevent flu – get a flu shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And if you are sick, stay home so that you do not infect others.

"We've had flu activity in February for the past three years, and there's no reason to think it will not last in March," Jones said.

Flu is widespread nationwide across the US, with the exception of West Virginia, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Alaska and the US Virgin Islands, according to the CDC.

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