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Health official: Low number of influenza, diarrhea cases

THE CNMI recorded the lowest number of influenza, diarrhea and prolonged-fever cases over the past few weeks, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Paul White.

He said the Division of Public Health Services and the Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity program run a weekly disease surveillance to monitor the influx of diseases in the CNMI.

“Many diseases tend to go in patterns and waves. At the moment, we are at the lowest point in the year for influenza, diarrhea, and prolonged fever,” he added.

But he expects an increase in influenza when the new school-year starts. In a closed and air-conditioned room, he said, “it is easier for cough or colds to pass around.”

He added, “Influenza changes every year. That is why we have to have a shot every year.”

He said they tend to see a significant increase in influenza cases in late August or early September.

Immunization program manager Jeremy Sasamot said they have been visiting day-care centers and schools to ensure that students have received their immunization shots.