RSV virus

Winter viruses & kids: Difficulty breathing? Seek help

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Delaware’s public health agency already has identified 4,274 lab-confirmed cases of influenza — significantly more than the entire 2021-2022 flu season. It’s confirmed 718 cases of RSV, and the state’s seven-day average for new COVID cases is 164, up from 106 a month ago.  Welcome to the tripledemic health officials have been warning about. All three viruses have similar systems: …

RSV virus

COVID, flu, RSV case rise could mean holiday tripledemic

Betsy Price Health, Headlines

  As the number of cases of three winter respiratory viruses rise sharply in Delaware, state officials on Monday asked residents to take action to protect themselves and their families. Gov. John Carney compared the increasing numbers of COVID to rises at this time in 2020 and 2021, leading into the holidays. State health officials would like to avoid a …

Chicken

Avian flu confirmed on New Castle County poultry farm

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

A case of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been confirmed on a Kent County commercial broiler farm.  Following an investigation by the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory, a chicken or chickens on the farm have tested positive for highly contagious flu. This case follows previously announced cases on farms …

Del. announces first 2 cases of flu and encourages vaccines

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Health

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Delaware today announced the season’s first confirmed cases of influenza: a Kent County child under age 5, infected with influenza strain B, who was hospitalized, and a 26-year-old Sussex County woman, with influenza strain A, who was not hospitalized. Neither individual had received the flu vaccine, Delaware Division of Public Health pointed out. The division used the …