H1N1 appears in 15 counties this flu season

Fifteen of Colorado’s 64 counties have confirmed at least one case of the H1N1 virus within their boundaries between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is now reporting influenza and H1N1 cases on its Web site, http://www.cdphe.state.co.us. The site lists influenza A, influenza B and H1N1 cases by county.

The department found 94 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Colorado so far this flu season.

Two of those cases appeared in Mesa County.

The department confirmed 77 cases of Type A influenza in 17 counties, none of them in Mesa County. Type A influenza is the most common and strongest strain of seasonal flu, while Type B flu produces milder symptoms. No cases of Type B have been detected in Colorado hospitals this month.

Counties with the highest number of H1N1 cases since Aug. 30 include Arapahoe, 26; Denver, 26; and Adams, 21. El Paso, Jefferson and Weld counties had three cases each, and Boulder, Larimer and Mesa counties counted two cases apiece.
Hospitals in Broomfield, Douglas, Grand, Morgan, Pueblo and Summit counties each had one confirmed case of the virus.

Starting the week of Sept. 28, the Health Department will report influenza deaths by age range.


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