Flu numbers spike in Brazos County

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BRAZOS COUNTY, Tex. (KBTX)- The number of flu cases reported in Brazos County have spiked in the last week.

According to the Brazos County Health Department, 271 cases were reported for the week of February 3rd.

Only 72 cases were reported in the previous week, and 17 cases were reported in the first week of January.

Leon ISD and Dew ISD have both canceled classes for the remainder of the week due to a high number of students absent due to illnesses.

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

People with flu can spread it to others up to about 6 feet away. Most experts think that flu viruses are spread mainly by droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose.

To avoid this, people should stay away from sick people and stay home if sick. It also is important to wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub. Linens, eating utensils, and dishes belonging to those who are sick should not be shared without washing thoroughly first.

Eating utensils can be washed either in a dishwasher or by hand with water and soap and do not need to be cleaned separately. Further, frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at home, work and school, especially if someone is ill.