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Flu Blamed For 4 Deaths In Connecticut This Season

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Four people have died from flu-related causes so far in Connecticut this season.

The latest weekly influenza report from the Department of Public Health, which covers Dec. 15-21, indicates there was one new death. In all four cases, those who died were adults over age 65.

The report also found there were 49 influenza-related hospitalizations during the same week. The percentage of emergency room visits for influenza-like illnesses was 8.3 percent higher than the previous week. However, that's similar to the level of visits at this time in 2018.

Outpatient treatment for influenza-like illness was also higher than the previous week.

DPH said flu activity across Connecticut continues to be widespread, with a total of 203 flu-associated hospitalizations reported since the beginning of the 2019-20 season. The data collection began on Aug. 25.

DPH receives near real-time information about visits from all 38 of the state's hospital emergency departments, a system that has been in place since the beginning of the 2018-2019 season.

Patients who sought help in hospitals reported influenza-like illnesses, which includes a cough and/or sore throat and a fever that's greater than 100 degrees, with no known cause.

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