MedStar Flu Related Call Volume, CDC Action Steps and News Stories

Fort Worth, TXMarch 18, 2018 – The flu season continues to grip North Texas. MedStar has experienced a nearly ten-fold increase in the number of patients per day in which our crews identified Influenza Like Illness (ILI) as the most likely primary or secondary clinical impression.

The good news is, for the first time since December, as noted below, it appears as though we are seeing a 46% decrease in the average number of cases per day in March compared to February 2018.

Please see the attached information sheet for flu related recommendations from the CDC, and the Tarrant County Health Department.

Click the links below to see local media coverage on the flu volume increase and recommendations for prevention.

NBC Nightly News - January 25, 2018

NBC 5 Evening News

NBC 5 Late Morning News

CBS 11 Late Morning News

ABC 8 Evening News

Telemundo Evening News 

NBC Today National News

NBC Nightly National News