SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (KMTR) -- Lane County Public Health announced today an Influenza Type A outbreak in a Springfield-area assisted living facility. So far 55 individuals are showing flu-like symptoms with nineteen requiring hospitalization.
Lane County Public Health is working with the facility to conduct clinical assessments, disease surveillance, vaccinations and medical treatment in order to minimize disease transmission, both on-site and in the community as a whole.
Influenza is a viral illness causing fever, respiratory symptoms (cough, runny nose, nasal congestion), and muscle / joint aches. Occasionally it also causes stomach and intestinal symptoms resulting in nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The virus is primarily spread through respiratory secretions making good respiratory hygiene a key part of staying well. This includes covering your coughs and sneezes, frequently cleansing hands with either soap and water or sanitizer and appropriate disposal of soiled tissues.
It is important to note that the number of influenza cases in Lane County has yet to peak and that it is not too late to receive a flu vaccination. Currently, there is an adequate supply of vaccine at multiple sites, including medical clinics, pharmacies and through the health department.
All Lane County residents are reminded to seek care from their health care provider should they develop severe Influenza symptoms.
For more information about the flu and how to protect you and your family, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/flu/
Lane County Health & Human Services is a department of Lane County. Their programs and services create a healthier and safer community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Learn more about the work of Lane County Health and Human Services at http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/HHS