Respiratory Disease is on the rise throughout Missouri

Respiratory Disease is on the rise throughout Missouri
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri health officials say the state is experiencing increased respiratory disease activity.

Doctors say the quick spread is caused by multiple viruses, including flu and RSV occurring among children.

“Although cases overall have not increased in severity, the increased volume has caused a strain on our health care partners,” said Dr. George Turabelidze, state epidemiologist with DHSS. “Ultimately, we need families to remember how important it is that they stay home when sick. Also, we are fortunate to have vaccines available for flu and COVID-19, and it’s important to stay up to date on these.”

Data for the week of Oct. 30 through Nov. 5,  shows that there were 1,738 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu, compared to 1,280 cases the week before, bringing the statewide total for the season which began October 2, to 4,016 cases.

Those who think they are suffering from the flu or RSV can visit the Missouri DHSS for free testing at certain locations.

DHSS Health Advisory