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Austin area battling a particularly rough cold and flu season

Cold and flu season came early to Centrral Texas this year. Cases of respiratory syncytial virus — commonly known as RSV — began filling emergency rooms and hospital beds in October just as flu season also kicked off.

As of Tuesday, the Central Texas hospital region had no pediatric intensive care unit beds or adult intensive care unit beds available, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

This week, the percentage of positive RSV tests in Central Texas was hovering around 17%, about twice the state’s number, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Flu tests have been coming back at 25.16% positive in Travis County, according to Austin Public Health, and 8.87% of all visits to doctors were for flu-like illnesses, Austin Public Health reports. The state has shown slightly higher positivity rates. Locally, doctors are seeing more flu A than flu B, but they are seeing both.


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