Influenza activity is on the rise throughout the state and local health officials say it’s no different in Cayuga County.
According to the Cayuga County Health Department, since Oct. 1, there have been 250 lab-confirmed cases in the county — that’s up from only 20 cases reported for the same time period last season. And since the flu typically peaks in February, the department said cases could continue to climb.
Deanna Ryan, the senior public health educator for the county health department, said statistics show the flu has become much more prevalent in the past few years. In fact, she said, there are likely even more cases that have gone unreported, as there could be infected people that did not seek treatment or testing.