A Sussex County woman is the first patient hospitalized with Type B influenza for the 2011-12 season. Delaware Division of Public Health reports the 56-year-old female from Sussex County was hospitalized but was discharged Jan. 8 and is recovering at home.
This brings the total number of confirmed flu cases statewide to four; the first three confirmed cases were all Type A/H3.
There are two main types of flu virus: types A and B, and both are routinely responsible for seasonal flu epidemics each year. Delaware monitors the occurrence of influenza-like illness in hospitals, selected long-term care facilities and medical clinics to track flu trends in the state. Reports so far indicate Delaware has sporadic flu activity.