St. Louis Avoids Second Wave of Flu

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s a second wave of the flu now hitting New Jersey, Connecticut and New York.

So, how are we doing here?

Luckily, the St. Louis area seems to be avoiding this new influx of influenza.

On the East Coast, it’s the B strain of the flu that’s hospitalizing people. The A strain peaked in the dead of winter.

“An A strain and a B strain are just different types of influenza,” says St. Louis University Hospital infectious diseases specialist Dr. Nirav Patel. “Sometimes B strains can be fairly severe, but it in general, B strains are typically a little milder.”

Patel says B strains also typically follow A strains in a delayed fashion, so it’s not surprising to see B strains a little later after A strains.

In St. Louis County, there hasn’t been much flu activity in the past month. But, of the 29 new cases confirmed here in the last three weeks, 21 have been Type B.

Dr.Patel advises people to play it safe when gathering this week for Passover and Easter celebrations by washing your hands and covering your coughs.

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