H1N1 Flu Strain is Back

LINCOLN - It’s been a slow start to the flu season but case numbers are starting to spike in the south central United States.  Dr. Mark Rupp is a professor of infectious diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha and he says it is not unusual to see higher numbers of illness in one part of the country but eventually it will spread and we will see more cases in Nebraska.  He says the main strain is H1N1... the same one that caused a pandemic in 2009.  Dr. Rupp says other preventative measures include keeping away from those who are ill and avoid touching items that others may have contaminated. He says hand washing and use of hand sanitizer does help.  National health officials say there is an increase of flu cases in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas where several deaths have been reported. The flu typically peaks in January and February.