Connecticut Continues to Report High Numbers of Flu Cases

Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Paul Martin

FEBRUARY 18, 2014

The weekly flu report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found flu cases trending downward nationwide for the week ending February 8. Connecticut, however, remained among six states continuing to report high numbers of cases of the flu. Over 2,600 flu cases have been reported this season.

In a small preliminary study of people hospitalized for influenza at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina, researchers found the most severe cases in people who had not been vaccinated. The findings were published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Eighty-seven percent of those hospitalized at Duke were infected with H1N1, the same strain responsible for the global pandemic in 2009. A surprising number were young, otherwise healthy people.

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