COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Health officials had hoped the school holiday break would cut down on the influenza outbreak in South Carolina.
It didn’t work. The State newspaper reports the number of flu cases in South Carolina jumped sharply between the middle of December and the end of the month.
The Department of Health and Environmental Control says there had been 3,700 positive tests for flu the week ending Dec. 13. That jumped sharply to nearly 9,000 cases for the week ending Dec. 20 and nearly 10,000 for the week ending Dec. 27.
The number of people hospitalized with flu increased from about 180 to about 460 in the three-week period.
Health officials say people with fever should stay home, especially if it includes body aches, sore throat and a cough.