Influenza activity in South Dakota reaches widespread status

Influenza is now classified as “widespread” in South Dakota with 128 new confirmed cases reported in South Dakota last week. As of the week ending Dec. 30, the number of confirmed cases in South Dakota stands at 556 with Influenza A being the most prevalent (498 cases).

Influenza-associated deaths and hospitalizations in South Dakota stand at two and 84, respectively, for the season.

Symptoms of influenza include fever/chills, cough, muscle aches, runny nose and extreme tiredness. People experiencing symptoms are advised to seek medical attention quickly so antiviral medications can be prescribed to lessen the length and severity of illness.

Important but simple steps that are recommended to stop the spread of influenza are:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • If you have the flu, limit exposing others by staying home.

For more information, visit the websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Dakota Department of Health.