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Flu activity still classified as local in Connecticut

November 17, 2018

Flu activity has slowly increased in Connecticut since the end of August, the Connecticut Department of Public Health said in a report released Thursday.

Though activity was classified as sporadic across the state from Oct. 7 through Oct. 27, it became local after the week of Oct. 28 and remains as such for the week of Nov. 4.

Nationally, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reports 1.8 percent of people seeing their health care provider are visiting for flu-like symptoms.

The percentage of statewide emergency department visits attributed to fever or flu-like symptoms decreased for the week of Nov. 4 to Nov. 10 — from 6.3 percent the week prior to 6.2 percent — and 1.5 percent of outpatient visits have been linked to influenza-like illness.

From Aug. 26 to Nov. 10, 39 patients have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed flu. One flu-associated death has been reported in a person over the age of 65 during this season. A second individual, between 50 and 64, was incorrectly reported as a flu-associated death, the Department of Public Health said last week.

A total of 100 flu-positive laboratory tests have been reported during the current season — 32 in New Haven County, 29 in Hartford County, 22 in Fairfield County, seven in Litchfield County, four in Windham County, two in Middlesex County, two in New London County and two in Tolland County.

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