Pike County is one of seven counties statewide with the highest numbers of confirmed influenza cases, as the state enters week 48 of the 2019-20 flu season, according to a report by the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

During the week of Nov. 17-23, or week 47 of flu season, Pike County had 49 confirmed cases of influenza during the 2019-20 flu season. However, the county saw an increase of 14 cases in a single week, totaling 63 confirmed cases for the flu season so far.

The six other counties with more than 40 total confirmed cases include Jefferson County (269 cases), Perry County (215), Leslie County (78), Knott County (77), Bullitt County (44) and Letcher County (44), according to the report.

Pike County Public Health Director Tammy Riley said the increase in the number of confirmed cases between week 47 and 48 is concerning. The best way to prevent against the spread of influenza is to get vaccinated, Riley said.

“The Pike County Health Department would encourage the county to get vaccinated and follow good practices in preventing the spread of influenza,” Riley said.

Statewide, there have been 1,111 confirmed cases of the flu during the 2019-20 season, and 326 new cases were reported during the week of Nov. 24-30, according to the report.

Flu symptoms can include cough, fever or chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting or diarrhea. Ways to prevent the spread of the disease include getting a flu vaccination, washing hands, avoiding close contact with people who are sick and staying home when sick, according to the Center for Disease Control.

The Pike County Health Department is located at 119 River Drive and Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To make an appointment or for more information, call, (606)-437-5500.

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