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Flu rates are high

Date: November 5, 2009
By: Rebecca Stephen
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  The number of people diagnosed with the flu this year is significantly higher than previous years.
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Wrap: The Missouri Department of Health reported there were 50 percent more cases of flu within the first month of this flu season compared to last year's. 

The department's spokesman Kit Wager says there has been more than 17-thousand confirmed cases of flu in the first month of flu season.

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Description: "The first three weeks of the flu season basically from October 4th through the 24th we basically equaled the same number of flu cases we had all of last year."

Wager says the good thing is that despite this high number of cases, the number of emergency room visits because of flu has decreased.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.  

Intro:  The flu season is in full swing, and it started out with a bang in Missouri.
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Wrap: The first month of flu season this year brought high numbers of confirmed flu cases.

Missouri Health Department spokesman Kit Wager says there were more than 17,000 cases of flu in the first four weeks of flu season - which is more than the total number of cases last year.

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Description: "So the flu prevalence has just been off the charts compared with previous years."

Cole County Health Department Spokesperson Patrick Joyce says there has been a large number of flu cases so far during this flu season.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.

Intro:  H1N1 is still coming on strong in Missouri.
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Wrap: The Missouri Department of Health reported that there has already been more than 17-thousand cases of influenza this flu season.

The department's spokesman Kit Wager says close to 90 percent of the reported flu cases are H1N1.

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Description: "The vast majority of it we're assuming is the H1N1 virus because it has shown the ability to survive to be very active at much higher temperatures."

Cole County Health Department Spokesperson Patrick Joyce says he has seen more people than usual who are coming in with flu symptoms.

Reporting from the State Capitol, I'm Rebecca Stephen.


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