The flu continues to be an issue in the Fort Hood area as area hospitals and school districts report the sickness is still going strong.

Since Jan. 1, Metroplex Adventist Hospital has recorded 889 cases of the flu, with 778 reported at Metroplex in Killeen and 111 reported at the hospital’s Lampasas location, Rollins Brook Community Hospital. While Scott and White was unable to provide numbers from Jan. 1, the Temple hospital did report its lab had over 400 positive tests for flu in its 36-county coverage area for the week of Feb. 4.

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, Coryell Memorial Hospital and Seton Medical Center had not responded with their numbers by press time Tuesday.

On a good note, however, Killeen Independent School District is reporting fewer cases of the flu being reported as of Friday.

The number of new cases of flu cases among students fell sharply last week, down 33 percent to 123 for the week ending Feb. 9, compared to 184 new cases the previous week and 197 the week ending Jan. 26, said KISD spokesman Terry Abbott. No Killeen ISD schools have had to cancel any classes this flu season. | 254-501-7554

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