DHS issues health alert for spikes in RSV, flu cases

Published: Nov. 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - An uncommon simultaneous spike of two respiratory illnesses spurred Wisconsin health officials to issue a public health alert and to urge people to be on the lookout for potential symptoms.

Hospitalization rates – particularly among children – are rising significantly around the state because of the two-pronged surge of sicknesses, the Dept. of Health reported Wednesday.

As a result, health officials ask people experiencing symptoms of the two viruses to stay home, and especially try to avoid schools, long-term care facilities, hospitals, and other settings where close contact is expected.

As part of its warning, the agency is asking clinicians to test people exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses by using a multiplex respiratory virus panel.

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