Alaska flu cases skyrocket in early 2019, shattering previous months, years

Graph provided by Alaska Division of Public Health.
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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Flu season struck Alaska in a big way last month, with hundreds of cases reported in communities across the state.

A report released at the end of January shows exceedingly high numbers for the first month of the year, almost 10 times as high as the month prior, and higher than anything in the past several years.

According to the data, 750 cases were reported in total for Jan. 2019. In Dec. 2018, there were just 84 confirmed cases state-wide.

The data was presented by the Alaska Division of Public Health in their Alaska Influenza Report.

The report also showed that most of those cases came from an outbreak near the end of the month. According to a graph in the report, Jan. 12 had under 100, but by the end of the month, that number up by over 300 each week, bringing the overall month total to 750.

While this period can be attributed to a seasonal flu, the Jan. 2019 also blows past January numbers out of the water. The majority of the cases were reported in Anchorage.

The full report can be viewed on the DHSS website.

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