1/29/2014 10:23 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - Flu activity was widespread in West Virginia and a state epidemiologist said this year's season could become severe.
Widespread activity means that increases in flu-related outpatient visits, lab confirmed flu cases, and incidents of influenza outbreaks were reported in at least half of the state's eight surveillance regions.
Bureau for Public Health Epidemiologist and influenza coordinator Shannon McBee said there's no sign that flu cases were declining. McBee said that physician reports to the state's surveillance system showed 4.5% of all visits were for "influenza-like-illnesses."
Flu season typically peaks sometime in January or February.