ER Visits for Flu-Like Illness Up Significantly: Miami-Dade Health Department

ER Visits for Flu-Like Illness Up Significantly: Miami-Dade Health Department

Emergency room visits for flu-like illness are up significantly over a year ago, according to new numbers from the Miami-Dade County Health Department.

The department, which tracks the 17 largest ERs in the county, said that for the week ending Dec. 30 nearly 6 percent of the emergency visits were for flu-like illness. That is more than double the rate for the same time a year ago.

Patient Kevin Ortiz, 19, said he has “been feeling really sick,” like he never has before.

“I’ve been feeling my whole body, my whole body’s been very – been shut down,” he said. “I have a headache. I’ve been having chest pains. I’ve been feeling totally without strength.”

At Memorial Healthcare System’s Urgent Care Center, they have been seeing a significant increase in patients like Ortiz with flu-like illness.

“It’s definitely picked up in the past several weeks. Cases have probably doubled or tripled just in the past week alone,” said Dr. Cory Spurlock, who works in critical care.

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