Missouri hit hardest by flu outbreak, according to app data

The flu is bad this year, and no state in the country is seeing higher rates of it than Missouri.

That’s according to Kinsa, a company that makes “smart thermometers” and has analyzed data collected from more than 1 million users nationwide.

Kinsa’s thermometers connect to smartphones and can take a fever and other symptoms like cough and sore throat entered into a mobile app to track suspected case of flu. Its latest analysis estimates that about 5.2 percent of Missourians were sick last week, the highest rate in the country and well above the national average of 3.7 percent.

Kerri Tesreau, the acting director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Division of Community and Public Health, said that in terms of laboratory-confirmed cases of flu, Missouri’s numbers are similar to what’s being recorded nationally.

Randall Williams, the director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said he had no background on Kinsa and would defer to Tesreau on the prevalence of flu in the state.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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