Flu cases increased by 100% for Texas county EMS
Austin-Travis County EMS said it is responding to 30 flu cases per day
By EMS1 Staff
AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas county EMS is responding to 30 cases of the flu per day after a recent spike in the illness.
Austin-Travis County EMS Commander Michael Wright says the weekly cases have increased by 100%, and 1,200 cases have been confirmed so far, according to KXAN.
“One of the things that’s rather alarming about the flu season is that it’s across all demographics,” Wright said. “This year we are seeing no matter how old you are, your health status, the flu is still having devastating consequences.”
City health experts said the spike in cases could break Austin flu records.
People in the county have been calling 911 to report being overwhelmed and unable to function due to the illness, according to Wright.
The commander recommended residents get immunized, wash their hands, get treatment within 48 hours if they are sick and stay indoors if they have flu symptoms.