Flu outbreak leading to more severe cases this season

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Jan 21, 2013 4:00 AM

(Harrisburg) -- At least nine people in the midstate have died as a result of this year's flu, and doctors say the disease will likely cause many who get sick to seek the care of their family doctor or visit a hospital.

Sick in bed

Dr. Ralph Riviello is the president of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He says certain symptoms should be red flags to see a physician: "severe vomiting, or vomiting so much that they're starting to get dizzy and lightheaded. Maybe if they're having some trouble breathing, a lot of chest or abdominal discomfort. More than you would expect from just coughing a little bit with the flu."

Riviello says rest, staying at home, drinking fluids, and taking over-the-counter medicines will be enough to combat most flu cases.

The illness has killed 40 Pennsylvanians since flu season began in October. Lancaster County leads the midstate and has the fifth-highest number of cases statewide at 729.


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