Flu arrives early in L.C. Valley

LEWISTON, ID - Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Idaho is one of the few states that has reported cases of influenza throughout the region.

While the virus, commonly known as the flu affects people every year during the winter months, the CDC said it's rare to see reported cases this early. Only sporadic cases of the flu are showing up in Washington, but Asotin County Health District Nurse Diane Rousseau said that of the 25 cases tested so far, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, three have come back positive and there could be more.

"This is earlier than we usually see it in the Valley and we have had a few cases diagnosed in the Valley," said Rousseau. "Usually we see it in January and February."

Common symptoms for the flu include feeling feverish, development of a cough and/or sore throat, body aches and fatigue. Rousseau recommends getting a flu shot and staying at home if you have any symptoms.