Hospital forced to turn away flu cases due to outbreak in Texas

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is diverting nonemergency patients to other local hospitals due to an influx of flu cases, according to NBC DFW.

"This measure is so we can still take care of emergency patients such as trauma, stroke, and sexual assault", Methodist Dallas said in a written statement.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center is no longer at critical capacity and has resumed receiving all patients coming in by ambulance in need of medical treatment as of Monday evening.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the flu season nationwide is far worse than what they saw a year ago at this time.

Other hospitals like Baylor in Dallas and JPS in Fort Worth say they're also seeing an increase in flu cases - but as of now are not full and can accept patients.

"During this period", the hospital went on, "we encourage anyone having non-emergent symptoms to seek care at an urgent care facility or through their primary care physician". Through Jan. 5, however, that figure had risen to 12.8 cases each day. Tamiflu is an antiviral medicine that's prescribed to treat the flu in people two weeks of age and older who've had flu symptoms for no more than two days.

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