Flu

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On this West Virginia Morning, we visit Paden City where citizens are concerned that years of poorly reported water contamination has led to clusters of disease and health hardships.

If you live in the U.S., your risk of contracting the new strain of coronavirus identified in China is exceedingly low.

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West Virginia health officials say flu cases are on the rise.

Lauren Spadafora is the flu coordinator for the state Department of Health and Human Resources. She told the Charleston Gazette-Mail last week that there has been a steady increase in positive flu tests across the state. 

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West Virginia health officials are encouraging providers to ensure their patients over six months old get flu vaccinations.

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Pregnant women hospitalized with the flu, especially severe cases, should be treated early with antiviral medication, according to a study published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.

The study included 865 pregnant women who were hospitalized with flu from 14 states. Sixty-three of these patients, or about 7 percent, had severe illness.

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Earlier this month the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared a flu epidemic in the nation and named West Virginia a state with widespread flu activity. Now some hospitals in the eastern panhandle are taking extra precautions to make sure the virus doesn’t spread in their facilities.