Hospitals being "overrun" with flu patients in Baldwin County

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) - The state health department reports emergency departments and outpatient clinics are seeing very high volumes of patients. 

In Foley, South Baldwin Regional Medical Center is being overrun by flu patients.  Director of Infection Control, Wanda Stone says since January 1, 99 cases have been diagnosed.  "It's about double what we saw last year."

In Baldwin County, Influenza A,  H1N1 and H-3 strains of the virus are being reported.

"We're seeing much more respiratory manifestations with this particular strain of flu, along with pneumonia," says emergency room physician Dr. William Beazley.  "A lot of very sick individuals and this goes for most ERs in the area."

Health officials started seeing an increase in cases at the end of November and now one health official says it's pretty much everywhere.

For that reason, healthcare providers say if you have mild or moderate symptoms stay home. Do not go to work or school.  "Stay hydrated, stay home as much as you can," says Stone.  "If you do have to come to the hospital come in ask for a mask."

The average duration of flu, 5 to 7 days.
 


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