Flu season picking up steam in North Dakota


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The flu season is starting to kick into high gear in North Dakota.

The North Dakota Department of Health on Thursday raised the level of flu activity in the state to widespread.

According to the department’s weekly influenza summary , 234 cases of flu were reported last week.

Since August, 709 cases of the flu have been reported in North Dakota. There have been 44 influenza-related hospitalizations so far this season, and two reported deaths caused by the flu.

Health officials are seeing an unusually high number of influenza cases for this time of the year. By comparison, 87 cases of the flu were reported at this time last year, and widespread flu activity wasn’t announced until mid-January.