Flu test shortage not seen in North Dakota

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States on the East Coast are running into more complications from this year's flu activity. Parts of Florida, Pittsburgh and New York are scrambling to find rapid response flu tests.

North Dakota hospitals are not seeing the same stress as the eastern states. Doctors say that flu activity is pretty close to normal across the state, meaning hospitals aren't dipping into their reserves. They can also treat without having to test for the flu, but the tests help confirm a diagnosis.

“If their symptoms are suggestive of flu during a flu season, we test. There are others thing that can be not flu, that look like the flu,” said Dr. Jeffery Lauer, CHI St. Alexius.

As of Jan. 20, the North Dakota Department of health has confirmed 3,339 case of flu this season.