The numbers of influenza- associated hospitalization are increasing rapidly. Last week (week 50), there were 529 new confirmed influenza- associated hospitalizations in Ohio. This brings the total cases for this flu season to 985. There has also been 2 flu -related pediatric deaths in the State off Ohio this flu season so far. In Ashtabula County, 6 flu-related hospitalizations have been reported to the health departments of Ashtabula County.
The easiest way to prevent the flu is to get the seasonal flu shot every year. Experts say that the flu virus is spread mainly by droplets when people with the flu cough, sneeze or talk. Sometimes a person might also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.
December 7-13, 2014 is designated as NIVW. The CDC established this week to highlight th importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. Remember, if you have not received your flu shot yet it is not too late to protect yourself against the flu for this winter season.
ODH is reporting 0 confirmed cases of Ebola in Ohio. All the individuals that were monitored in the state have passed their incubation period with no additional cases noted.
ODH and local health departments are assessing increases in severe respiratory illness among children to determine if it may be attributable to the Enterovirus D68(EV-D68). At this time, Ohio does not have any positive test results for the EV-D68.
Food Safety Classes will begin February. Please see attached link for brochures.