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H1N1 virus returns to Wisconsin weaker than four years ago

Image of the newly identified H1N1 influenza virus, taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image of the newly identified H1N1 influenza virus, taken in the CDC Influenza Laboratory. See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - The virus that caused a swine flu pandemic in Wisconsin four years ago has made a comeback – but doctors at the Marshfield Clinic say it’s not nearly as prevalent as it was in 2010. 

Still, Doctor Edward Belongia says the H1N1 virus has become the predominant flu strain in the region this winter. It’s among the strains that are covered in this winter’s flu vaccine.

As of last Thursday, Wisconsin has had almost 400 flu-related hospitalizations in the current season. 

Wood County health nurse Diane Rodd tells Gannett’s Central Wisconsin Sunday newspaper that the flu has disproportionately affected young adults. About 36 percent of the state’s hospitalizations were for 18 to 49-year-olds. That’s been the most of any age group. 

30 cases were so severe, that the patients wound up in intensive care units.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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