Just when we thought we were out of the woods regarding influenza, here comes part two. Dr. Mark Rupp is an infectious disease specialist at the University of Nebraska Medical Center / Nebraska Medicine in Omaha and says earlier this season an A strain was the culprit. He says now health officials are starting to see a B strain making the rounds.
Dr. Rupp says, “What we are seeing now, which is not too unusual, is a bump in the influenza B cases. So there is a type A flu and a type B flu and sometimes they shift as the season wears on.”
Dr. Rupp says typically this strain is less severe than the one earlier this season but it still makes people sick with fever, body aches and congestion that can last up to a week. However, Dr. Rupp says it typically does not require hospitalization or causes death.