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Danger Of Another Kind Awaits Vegas Visitors

There is danger in Vegas. We have reported before about the high crime rate and dangers that can confront women specifically. But, there is a new danger that visitors may encounter anytime and anywhere. This danger may affect anyone of any age and regardless of where they may go.

The danger is the flu. Recently, there have been a report of a 90% increase in the number of cases in Las Vegas. This is alarming. The flu can make you feel like you have been run over by a freight train, and in certain cases it can be deadly. There is not exact estimate of how many people die each year from the flu, but it can be as low as 3,000 and as high as 49,000 according to the CDC. Obviously, this is a wide range.  The number of deaths each year likely depends on how many people get the flu shot and the number of strains that are moving through the public. The shots don not always cover every possible strain.

A recent Las Vegas Review Journal article reports on this flue epidemic in Las Vegas:

The flu is a viral infection that can’t be treated with antibiotics. The Southern Nevada Health District last week reported more than double the number of hospitalizations and a 90 percent increase in flu cases in Clark County compared with the same time last year. Flu deaths, however, are much fewer this year than in 2016, according to numbers submitted to the district by doctors and other health care providers.

“We’ve seen a steady increase over the last several weeks in the flu cases reported here in Southern Nevada,” said Michael Johnson, director of community health with the district.

Nevada is one of roughly 30 states where activity of the flu, also called influenza, is widespread, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the full article here.

All to say, be very careful if you go to Vegas anytime soon. One rule is to wash your hands often and long. Stay well and have fun.

 

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