Number of flu-related deaths in CT jumps to 112

Number of flu-related deaths in CT jumps to 112

Number of flu-related deaths in CT jumps to 112

Mission Health urges community members who become ill with symptoms of the flu to contact their primary care provider, seek care at a walk-in clinic like Mission My Care Now, conduct an online visit with a doctor or visit a nearby urgent care facility. The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness fell from 6.4% during the previous week to 5.0%.

DHHS continues to encourage individuals to get a flu shot even at this late date in the season. The flu season can linger into late spring in Georgia.

DHHS revised previously reported death totals to 21 (up three) for the week that ended February 24; 44 for the week that ended February 17; 28 (up two) for the week that ended February 10; 46 (up two) for the week that ended February 3, 37 (up three) for the week that ended January 27; and 33 (up one) for the week that ended January 20.

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Nationally, the CDC reported 17 flu deaths among children last week, bringing the total pediatric deaths to 114. The antiviral prescription medication Tamiflu is recommended to treat and prevent the flu, but shortages of the antiviral prescription drug during this severe flu season have helped fuel counterfeit drug sales.

"We're in the middle of a nationwide flu epidemic and I'm asking North Carolinians to do their part to stay healthy and stop the flu from spreading", Cooper said in a statement. "We understand the toll this year's flu season has taken on peoples' lives. The FDA is warning consumers to be alert, and try and steer clear of fraudulent flu products, which may be found online or in retail stores".

The Department of Public Health says there have now been 112 deaths in the state that are attributed to the flu.

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Nationally, the disease is "widespread" in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, in Texas, Dallas County alone has reported 74 flu-related deaths, while the Dallas-Fort Worth area has seen more than 130.

That's 58 more deaths than the next highest totals in the past decade: a year ago 218 N.C. residents died because of the flu and the same number died in the 2014-15 season.

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