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St. Louis region has seen late, mild flu season

Mar 24, 2016
A flu vaccine dose beside several needles.
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The number of people getting the flu is on the way back down in the St. Louis region. It spiked slightly earlier this month.

The St. Louis County health department confirmed 207 cases of influenza this week, compared to 380 last week, and 295 the week before that. In St. Louis, the number of weekly flu cases peaked earlier this month just below 150.

Flares at the Bridgeton Landfill are used to burn off smelly underground gases.
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The St. Louis County health department said a health survey of residents living near the West Lake and Bridgeton landfills will begin in about two weeks, a year after its initial announcement.

Judy Schmidt, James Gathany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the past few weeks, the St. Louis region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases. The dangerous H1N1 strand that appeared in 2009 is back, and nine people have already died of the illness at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  

Flu Cases On The Rise - Young People Hard Hit

Jan 9, 2014
A flu vaccine gets placed inside a needle.
Daniel Paquet | Flickr

Health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccination after a steep rise in the number of severe cases reported in both Missouri and Illinois.

This year’s most prevalent flu strain so far is H1N1 Type A. That strain hit the United States hard in 2009 and disproportionately affected young and middle-aged adults.

That seems to be the trend again, according to Dr. Faisal Khan, the director of Communicable Disease Control Services in the St. Louis County Health Department.

A spokeswoman for St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley said the county will pursue every avenue – including the courts – to recover county money that may have been embezzled by a top official in the county Health Department. As the investigation closed in, he killed himself.

Dolores Gunn, director of the St. Louis County Health Department, held a press conference on the investigation into Mueth's death.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 13, 2011 - St. Louis County compares favorably to Missouri in smoking rates and percentage of residents lacking health insurance. But other pressing issues include higher incidences of cancer, high incidences of chlamydia and gonorrhea and high emergency department admissions for diabetes and others with chronic diseases.