Friday, 03 January 2014 08:00
Hidalgo County, along with the state of Texas, has seen occurrences of influenza during influenza season becoming more prevalent as the season progresses.
Hidalgo County had 18 estimated cases of Influenza A-H1N1 in the county as of Dec. 26. There were four adults hospitalized for other medical diagnoses, which had been complicated by H1N1. This estimate is calculated from the Influenza Surveillance Program conducted by Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department.
Seasonal influenza is not a reportable condition in the state of Texas; local health departments do not receive reported cases of influenza. While influenza-associated pediatric (individuals under the age of 18) mortality cases are reportable, these occur in very rare instances. As a result, counts are estimates and are nearly impossible to track on a regular basis.