The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting increased influenza activity across the state. This past week there were 1,205 laboratory confirmed influenza cases across the state, bringing the season total for Arizona to 5,723. This appears to be a significant reduction in cases reported compared to the same week last year. During the second week in January last year, there were 4,388 confirmed cases.
Graham County has reported 68 confirmed cases during this flu season with 34 reported in the past week.
Greenlee County has reported 21 confirmed cases during the season with 16 of them reported in the past week.
These cases represent a small proportion of the true number of cases of influenza. Many people do not visit the doctor when ill and doctors should not be expected to run tests on all patients exhibiting influenza-like symptoms.