Flu Cases Surge in Oneida County
It is looking like this flu season will be one of the worst in recent memory. Last year, according to the Oneida County Health Department, there were a total of 329 confirmed cases of the flu. This year that total has already been left in the dust.
Oneida County Health Department spokesperson Ken Fanelli said in a report to WKTV that so far this season, as of yesterday there have been 994 confirmed cases. He also stated that some 60-70 new cases are being reported per day.
“It hasn’t peaked yet, I’m sure, and the numbers are such that I’m sure schools are experiencing a lot of absenteeism at the moment, you know children are the biggest spreaders of the flu, frankly because they don’t practice good respiratory hygene, they don’t cover their coughs and sneezes, they don’t wash their hands as frequently or as well as hey should, and these things are important to (stop) the spread of flu.”