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3 more deaths linked to flu in Connecticut

January 24, 2019

In the third week of January, three flu-related deaths were reported, pushing the total to 11 deaths in Connecticut during this flu season so far, according to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

Of the 11 reported flu-associated deaths, eight were people over the age of 65, two were people between the ages of 50 and 64 and one was a person between the ages of 25 and 49.

By the end of the second week of January last year there had been 21 flu-related deaths in Connecticut.

Flu activity for the state remains widespread, the report released Thursday said. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the percent of people nationwide seeing their health care provider for flu-like symptoms is about 3.1 percent above the usual national average of 2.2 percent.

So far for this flu season, between Aug. 26, 2018, and Jan. 19, there have been 692 people in Connecticut with laboratory-confirmed flu admitted to hospitals.

The percent of statewide emergency department visits linked to fever/flu-like symptoms increased from 9.7 percent int he first week of January to 10.9 percent for the third week.

Outpatient visits of patients with flu-like symptoms is currently 4.6 percent above the level of 1 percent generally seen in Connecticut.

There have been 1,677 flu-positive laboratory tests during the current flu season — 525 from Hartford County, 473 from New Haven County, 272 from Fairfield County, 114 from Middlesex County, 100 from New London County, 76 from Litchfield County, 52 from Windham County, 41 from Tolland County and 24 from unknown counties.

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