Health officials: Number of flu cases on the rise in Arizona
By By Janie Hoyt, Cronkite News | Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017
PHOENIX – Arizona flu cases are on the rise in Arizona, up 28 percent since October compared to the same period last year, according the the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Jessica Rigler, who oversees public-health preparedness at the department, said 2016 was a “banner year for flu.”
From October to mid-January, Arizona had 1,407 cases, compared to 1,110 during the same period in flu season last year. The season typically lasts through May.
“Flu is a really really unpredictable virus and every year the flu behaves a little bit differently,” Rigler said.