Graham County’s flu cases 95 percent below average

- Contributed Graphic/AZDHS

SAFFORD — The flu season continues to be extraordinarily mild this year, with Graham County experiencing just nine confirmed cases through Feb. 13.

Graham County typically experiences 183 cases by Feb. 13, according to the five-year average.

Arizona Department of Health Services reports the county experienced four new cases the week of Feb. 6, the greatest number of cases in a single week so far this flu season.

Four of Graham County’s cases involve persons 50 to 64 years old, three victims are over the age of 65, and two are between 19 and 49 years old.

Five of the cases have been Influenza A, three of the cases have been Influenza B and one is undetermined.

Greenlee County experienced its first confirmed case of flu the week of Feb. 6, a case of Influenza B in a person over the age of 65.

Statewide, there have been 849 cases of flu so far this season, a 95 drop below the five-year average of 15,974 at the same time.