JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi's rate of influenza-like illness is going down, indicating the state may have made it through the worst part of the flu season.
The latest numbers from the Mississippi State Department of Health put the flu-like illness rate for the week ending March 2 at 6.5 percent.
Just two weeks earlier, the rate had reached its apparent peak for the season at nearly 10 percent.
The apparent worst stretch of the flu season in Mississippi came much later than what it did last year.
Last flu season, the rate of flu-like illness in the state reached its height around Christmas at more than 12 percent.