Lane Co. Monitoring Mystery Virus

LANE COUNTY, Ore.– The Lane County Public Health Department is keeping an eye on the mystery illness, that is continuing to sicken thousands of children in at least 12 states throughout the US. The culprit is believed to be Enterovirus 68, but this isn’t the first outbreak in the US. “It does circulate every few years. … Continue reading »

PeaceHealth Labs Helping Track Flu

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Influenza–including this season’s most common strain, H1N1–can be difficult for doctors to diagnose, but a Peacehealth lab is making it easier for physicians in Lane County. Peacehealth Laboratories in Springfield does most of the flu tests within Lane County, but it serves a wider area. “We’re able to not only provide high-quality, … Continue reading »

Naturalists Offer Other Flu Remedies

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County health experts say the number of flu cases continues to rise. But for those uncomfortable with the flu vaccine, naturalists say there are holistic approaches. Employees at Red Barn Natural Grocery in Eugene say eating whole foods, rather than processed and packaged foods, is probably the best way to prevent … Continue reading »

Ronan Burgess Memorial Fund

EUGENE, Ore. — The mother of the 5-year-old boy who recently died from the H1N1 flu is back in Eugene. She’s sharing her story and getting a memorial fund set up for her son. Calandra Burgess says she has the fund set up through US Bank and anyone can donate at any branch. Her son, … Continue reading »

Protecting Yourself from the Flu

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is coming on strong, and local health officials say everyone should take extra precautions to stay safe. According to Lane County Public Health, only about 30 percent of residents are vaccinated, which they say is troubling. The flu is contagious, so if you or your child is coughing, that should … Continue reading »

Eugene Boy Dies from Flu

EUGENE, Ore. — Doctors confirmed a five year old boy died from the H1N1 virus. Calandra Burgess says she took her son, Ronan, to his pediatrician when he had a 104.7 degree fever and a barking seal-like cough. The doctor thought Ronan had a bad case of the croup. Ronan didn’t get better and Burgess … Continue reading »

Swine Flu Cases on the Rise

EUGENE, Ore. — Flu season is in full swing across the country, and swine flu is making a comeback this year. The H1N1 virus is the predominant circulating virus so far. The trend in Oregon is following the national trend, an increase in flu activity over the last couple of weeks. Lane County Public Health … Continue reading »

Younger Patients Hospitalized for Flu

MEDFORD, Ore . — More younger people are being hospitalized for the flu. The Oregon Health Authority reports from Dec. 15-21, there were 67 flu hospitalizations. That’s nearly triple the amount of patients from the week before. The people coming in to the hospital were aged 25 to 49 years old. Providence Medford Medical Center … Continue reading »

More States Reporting Widespread Flu

(CNN) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging people to get their flu shots after the number of states reporting seasonal flu activity jumped from four to 10 last week. New York, Texas and Alabama are among the states showing widespread activity. Officials say the one atypical thing about this year is … Continue reading »

County to Hold Forum on Local Flu Trends

EUGENE, Ore. — As the weather gets colder, more people find themselves sniffling, coughing, and sometimes catching the flu. But the Lane Preparedness Coalition says there are ways to avoid getting sick. Lane County Public Health communicable disease officials will hold a public forum Wednesday, Nov. 13. They’ll talk about national and local flu trends. … Continue reading »

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