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Flu cases drop slightly in ND, but too soon to tell if its peaked


BISMARCK -- The number of flu cases has dropped slightly across the state but widespread flu is expected to continue for some time, according to the newest state report.

The North Dakota Department of Health reports 748 cases of influenza – the flu – in North Dakota for the week ending Feb. 3. The previous week ending Jan. 27 had 816 cases of the flu.

Ward, Williams, McKenzie, Rolette and Benson counties are among counties in the state with 50-plus cases of lab-confirmed flu cases, the highest numbers. Mountrail and Mercer counties were added to the list of area counties with 50-plus cases.   

This is the first time the total flu cases reported for the week declined slightly since the season picked up, according to a report edited by Jill Baber, epidemiologist with the Health Department's Disease Control.

The report says activity is still widespread and other indicators are fluctuating; it is too soon to tell if the season has peaked and influenza B activity is increasing; and an increase in influenza B is typical for this part of the season.