Louisiana's flu season expected to spike in coming weeks
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has seen a mild start to this flu season, but doctors and national experts say that may be about to change.
The latest data available from the state Department of Health and Hospitals show a small number of cases, with only about 7 percent of all tests taken for influenza coming back positive for the week of Feb. 6.
Doctors and more recent data from Columbia University in New York report a spike in flu-like cases that started in mid-February.
The Columbia data found 1,059 potential flu cases the week of Feb. 14, more than double the total for the previous week, when 483 observed potential cases were reported.
Doctors in the New Orleans region have reported an increase in flu-like cases as well.