Edit: The Rio Grande Valley lady’s demise was not the first flu-related demise of the 2022-2023 flu season, in accordance to data from Texas state well being officers. The Valley boy was the second confirmed demise in Texas.
HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Hidalgo County officers confirmed to ValleyCentral that the demise of a 3-year-old lady earlier this month was associated to the flu.
On Friday morning, the CDC up to date its pediatric flu demise information, reflecting that one little one has died from the flu in the United States this season. Based on these studies, ValleyCentral initially reported that the demise was from the Rio Grande Valley, however the Texas Department of Public Health later reported that the Hidalgo County lady was the second demise in Texas.
“Apparently, the CDC didn’t embody the second demise in their report,” Texas DSHS mentioned in an electronic mail.
However, the Rio Grande Valley boy’s demise is among the first confirmed flu instances in the United States throughout the 2022 flu season.
“This case has been recognized as a 3-year-old feminine in Health Region 11,” state well being officers wrote on October 1. 21 Texas Influenza Surveillance Report. Influenza A was confirmed by a industrial speedy check, and influenza A (H3) was additional confirmed by RT-PCR. The little one was not vaccinated this season, however was vaccinated in earlier seasons.
Texas’ 11 well being areas embody the Rio Grande Valley.
Hidalgo County well being officers say the boy died of “respiratory signs” after testing optimistic for the flu. State officers on Friday confirmed the boy’s demise was flu-related, Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Carlos Sanchez advised ValleyCentral.
Another little one has died in Texas Health Region 7, Texas, in accordance to Texas well being officers.
“This case was recognized in Health Region 7 as a 4-year-old feminine with no underlying medical situations,” it mentioned in October. 14 Texas Influenza Surveillance Report. “Influenza A (H3) was confirmed by PCR. It will not be identified whether or not the little one obtained a flu shot.
On Friday morning, the CDC reported the first “flu-related” demise of the season this week.
Although the case is suspected to be flu-related, instances involving children have to be reviewed by state well being officers, a course of that would take a number of weeks, officers advised ValleyCentral on Oct. 1. 19. The lady died earlier that week.
“He examined optimistic for the flu, however the demise of a kid below the age of 12 wants to be investigated by the state,” Sanchez mentioned. “The state may even decide whether or not the flu brought about or contributed to the demise.”
According to the CDC, 39 pediatric deaths had been reported throughout the 2021-2022 interval, however this quantity could also be an underestimate, they mentioned.
Influenza is a respiratory sickness brought on by a household of influenza viruses. The illness is contagious and causes signs similar to cough, sore throat, physique aches and fever.
According to a report by CGI Health, the Rio Grande Valley was ranked No. 1. Influenza grew to become energetic in 1 area of the nation final week.
ValleyCentral Cameron County Health Authority Dr. James Castillo mentioned the flu has nearly stopped over the previous two years due to measures taken to stop the unfold of the coronavirus.
Now Castillo mentioned the county is seeing a rise in flu instances and hospitalizations. The improve is not restricted to South Texas — with instances rising throughout the U.S., he mentioned.
Officials advocate staying residence, carrying a masks and washing your palms when sick to stop the unfold of the flu virus.
Castillo advised ValleyCentral that the flu shot is advisable for everybody 6 months and older, no matter well being standing.
“Usually folks get the flu shot now or a little bit later, but when somebody hasn’t gotten it, now could be the time to do it,” Castillo mentioned.