YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County District Board of Health is saying that after weeks of a steady increase in hospitalized cases of the flu they are finally seeing a decline.
This is a relief for many because according to the Board of Health’s recent report, two weeks ago Mahoning County hospitals saw the most amount of flu patients they have seen in three years. Read the full report here.
The difference between last years numbers and this years number is significant.
In week 50 of last year, the Board of Health said they received zero reports of hospitalized cases of influenza. In the week before Christmas, only one case was documented. This year there were 38 cases during Christmas week which is more than five times the amount of flu cases county hospitals documented last year.
Adding to the flu concerns this year is that a strain of the virus has mutated, making this years’ vaccine less effective.
At least half of the state of Ohio is still seeing an increase in influenza like illness.