DE sees deadliest flu season on record

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 13, 2018

Ottawa Public Health says the expected seasonal peak has not yet been reached.

Laboratory-diagnosed flu cases have continued to decrease in NY, a news release from the state Department of Health announced last week. Because those numbers only reference lab-confirmed cases, officials believe the actual number of cases is much higher. The seasonal peak was around February 23, when there were 118 cases.

DE health officials announced Monday that flu deaths hit an all-time high of 30 following the passing of two women in the final two weeks of February.

"The activity is still high for the flu", says Dr. Genevieve Cadieux, the associate medica officer of health for OPH.

The department reports 107,723 laboratory-confirmed cases of flu throughout the state since the season started, and 19,373 people have been hospitalized. At the same time past year there were 4,888 flu cases reported. There was one new, non-influenza outbreak last week, compared to 10 total outbreaks the week before (4 Influenza A, 3 Influenza B, and 3 non-Influenza cases).

There have also been 249 influenza-related hospitalizations reported for the 2017-18 season.

31 people have died from the flu so far this season, all but four of them 65 or older. Both had multiple underlying health conditions.

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