Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

The flu continues to take lives in CT

The flu continues to take lives in CT

The prior week there were 18 deaths, while there's been a steady decline in weekly deaths since 46 were recorded three weeks ago.

Influenza is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by a virus that is spread through the air.

"We feel it's appropriate to lift these temporary visitor restrictions now, since spending time with healthy loved ones, including children, is important for many of our patients".

DPH says the percent of hospital patients due to pneumonia attributed to the flu has decreased to 3.4%.

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The flu season started October 1.

There has been a total of 305 flu deaths reported in North Carolina for this season.

The Connecticut Department of Health has released the latest flu numbers for the state.

Carteret Health Care restricted vistors under age 18 and limited the number of visitors per patient to two people.

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Reports of influenza-like illnesses are not reportable to local health officials, and county health departments receive only reports of flu deaths.

Besides the elderly, other vulnerable population groups are children younger than 5, pregnant women and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.

There have been 325 confirmed cases of influenza A, 391 cases of influenza B and six cases of people infected with both since September 1, 2017, the health unit said. "While it was a sacrifice for both patients and hospital staff, we believe these efforts helped to reduce transmission of respiratory illnesses during a period of heightened flu activity". A month before, February 4-10, the number of confirmed cases was 65.

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