Five people in CT have died from the flu this past week


FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2018 file photo, a nurse prepares a flu shot at the Salvation Army in Atlanta. The U.S. winter flu season is off to its earliest start in more than 15 years. An early barrage of illness in the South has begun to spread more broadly, and there’s a decent chance flu season could peak much earlier than normal, health officials say. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has reported the latest number of flu-related deaths in the state.

DPH says this past week, five people in Connecticut have died from the flu, bringing the total of reported deaths in Connecticut this season to 77, which includes one child.

37 people were hospitalized this past week with flu-related symptoms – around 2,971 people have been hospitalized this season.

The influenza is still considered widespread.

The Type B strain has been detected in around 47 percent of the flu samples that nearby laboratories have tested. Four percent of the samples tested this season detected the H1N1 strain.

During the 2018-2019 season, 87 people in Connecticut have died from flu-related illnesses.

For this week’s full report from the State Department of Public Health, click here.

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