BRIEF: Flu Could Be Waning In US, But Still At Epidemic Levels
Feb 01, 2013 (The Hartford Courant - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Flu in the U.S. appears to be on the wane, at least in certain areas.
Connecticut was one of 13 states reporting moderate activity of the flu for the week ending Jan. 26. The previous week, the state was among 26 listed as having "high activity." For the most recent reporting period, only 24 states reported high activity.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Friday stating that, for the fourth consecutive week, flu has officially been at epidemic levels. The proportion of overall deaths attributed to the flu, however, has fallen from 9.8 percent to 9.4 percent. The epidemic threshold is 7.4 percent.
There were eight pediatric deaths during the week in the U.S. bringing the season total to 45. The CDC doesn't track the number of deaths of people over 65, but officials have said that it's been a particularly tough season for the elderly. Of the 7,724 laboratory confirmed hospitalizations for the flu, more than half have been for people 65 and older.
In Connecticut, there have been 23 flu deaths in the state this season. Four of the deaths were of people between 55 and 65 and the rest were all people over 65.
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