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Flu-Related Deaths in Connecticut Reach 17

The number of people with flu symptoms seeking emergency room care has hit a seasonal high of 12.4 percent in the state.

There have been 17 flu-related deaths in Connecticut so far this season — mostly of people age 65 and older — and the number of people with flu symptoms seeking emergency room care has hit a seasonal high of 12.4 percent in the state.

Those are the latest flu statistics released this week by the Connecticut Department of Health. You can view your town’s flu statistics in the PDF above.

So far, the state has positively identified 3,248 cases of the flu in all eight of the state’s counties:

  • Fairfield (902)
  • New Haven (731)
  • Hartford (627)
  • Middlesex (264)
  • New London (247)
  • Windham (238)
  • Litchfield (133)
  • Tolland (106)

Of those, 1,355 people have been hospitalized with the flu, health officials said Thursday in their latest update on the flu season.

The 3,248 confirmed cases of flu statewide represent only those people who tested positively for the disease and the statistics don’t take into account the additional thousands of flu cases not confirmed through testing.

The types of flu among the 3,248 confirmed cases included:

  • 835 Type A (H3N2)
  • 14 Type A (2009 H1N1)
  • 1,858 Type A (subtype unspecified)
  • 235 influenza B viruses, and
  • 306 of unknown type

“Influenza activity remains very high in Connecticut and is classified geographically as “widespread,” the state report says. “This season is also characterized with an earlier onset of flu activity than most recent influenza seasons, which normally peak in February or March.”

kim January 25, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I am curious to know if there are statistics of how many of these people got the flu shot?
Vernon Resident January 26, 2013 at 02:24 AM
When you get the flu shot, you will still test positive for the flu if you catch it. You get very sick for the first day (or two), and then the immunity kicks in and you get well much faster. This is all considering that the flu shot covers the strand you catch, which is a 90% chance this year, according to my doctor's office.
Joe S. January 26, 2013 at 11:47 PM
People living with dogs and other animals are living unhealthy due to microscopic feces/urine scattered throughout their homes containing: e-coli, salmonella, MRSA, hook worms, round worms, etc. During an increase of pet ownership, this is why the morbidity rate has increased.

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