The Times West Virginian

In Today's TWV

January 2, 2008

Respiratory virus mimics the flu

‘Smattering’ of confirmed flu cases reported around the state

FAIRMONT — No culture-confirmed flu cases have been diagnosed yet in Marion County, but the health department has heard reports of an upper respiratory illness that has been circulating.

“There is what appears to be a respiratory virus with a fever and cough, mimicking the flu,” said Cyndee Kiger, director of nursing at the Marion County Health Department.

Kiger has gotten calls from people about the virus. “What I tell them is that they need to go to a physician,” Kiger said. “It would be up to the physician to decide if he or she feels it needs to be cultured.”

A “smattering” of confirmed flu cases have been reported around the state, according to a state epidemiologist.

“We are seeing just a smattering of influenza type B,” said Dr. Dee Bixler, director of infectious disease epidemiology for the West Virginia Bureau for Public Health in Charleston. “Type B is generally the less severe type of influenza. Type A is more severe. It tends to be type B that affects children more than adults.”

As for predicting how this year’s flu season will shape up, “It’s still very early for us to say what’s going on,” Bixler said.

In a given year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site (www.cdc.gov), 5 percent to 20 percent of the population gets the flu. More than 200,000 are hospitalized and about 36,000 die.

In West Virginia, flu season tends to hit around late February or early March, Bixler said.

“It’s still not too late to get the flu vaccine,” she noted. “There is quite a bit of vaccine available if they have concerns.”

However, anyone who wants flu vaccine will not be able to find any at the Marion County Health Department and will have to check with private doctors instead. Kiger and her colleagues gave out the last dose the week before Christmas.

Text Only
In Today's TWV
  • US kills Osama bin Laden decade after 9/11 attacks

    Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American forces Monday, then quickly buried at sea in a stunning finale to a furtive decade on the run.

    May 2, 2011

  • Construction around FSU Construction around FSU Construction matters were on the minds of the Fairmont State Board of Governors Thursday as they discussed projects to widen Locust Avenue and the continuing renovation of the historic Kennedy Barn.

    First, a project to widen Locust Avenue to three lanes has been a priority for the state for several years.

    August 17, 2008 1 Photo

  • Goal: Redevelop site of former black Elks City officials are hoping to solicit a buyer to redevelop the former site of the former black Elks building at the corner of Everest Drive and Cleveland Avenue.

    Following the structure’s emergency demolition last weekend, city manager Jim Snider said the city is hoping someone will come forward to develop the site and recoup the city’s $72,000 demolition cost.

    August 17, 2008

  • Investigation continues into suspicious container, plastic jug that were blown up Fairmont police detectives will continue their investigation into a suspicious can and jug that were blown up late Friday night by a State Police bomb squad, police said.

    No one was injured, but the incident forced drivers to detour around Fairmont Avenue from Seventh to 10th streets while the area was secured and the containers were safely destroyed.

    August 17, 2008

  • Years of planning, work lead to new Baxter fire hall In 1968, the Baxter Volunteer Fire Department opened its doors for the first time.

    The department had its humble beginnings in a small pole building near the ball field. Over the years, the firefighters made do with the small building, adding on as they could, according to Destry Jones, Baxter fire chief.

    August 17, 2008

  • AmberView participation rising AmberView participation rising Fairview Middle School has a higher percentage of students enrolled in AmberView than any other school in the state, officials said Friday.

    AmberView is an innovative program, developed in West Virginia, that assists law enforcement by quickly issuing an up-to-date digital picture of a missing or abducted child. AmberView officials have seen participation rise dramatically in the last year.

    August 16, 2008 1 Photo

  • Police investigate, detonate suspected bomb Police investigate, detonate suspected bomb West Side’s main thoroughfare was blocked for hours while police investigated and then detonated a suspected bomb Friday night.

    Fairmont City Police responded to a report of a suspicious package Friday after a 911 call from a passerby.

    August 16, 2008 1 Photo

  • Student housing at FSU booming While enrollment may be down at Fairmont State this year, student housing is booming.

    The university’s board of governors received preliminary enrollment numbers at its meeting Thursday.

    August 16, 2008

  • Jay to speak at convention U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, an early supporter of Sen. Barack Obama, will be a speaker at the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month, a campaign aide said.

    Rockefeller, 71, who is seeking a fifth-straight term in the Senate, will speak on Wednesday, Aug. 27, said Jessica Tice, his campaign press secretary.

    August 16, 2008

  • A strong ‘heartbeat’ A strong ‘heartbeat’ “The chamber is the heartbeat of every community,” Gov. Joe Manchin told a crowd of approximately 375 people during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual Dinner.

    Members of the business community gathered at Fairmont State University’s Falcon Center Thursday night for the event, which also serves as the chamber’s annual meeting.

    August 14, 2008 1 Photo

House Ads
Featured Ads