Delaware Public Media

Flu continues to spread, more lives lost in Delaware

Feb 19, 2018

The Delaware Division of Public Health reports the single week record for flu cases was broken again earlier this month with 1,268 laboratory confirmed flu cases in the state for the week ending February 10.

 

That puts the total at 4,235 for the season. There were 4,590 throughout all of last year's flu season.

 

DPH is also announcing eight more flu related deaths, which means eighteen people have died from the flu this season in Delaware. Most have had additional underlying health issues, and many did not get a flu vaccine.

 

Of the eight most recent flu deaths, six happened in the past week and two were from earlier in the season but were only recently reported. All of the six most recent deaths were people from New Castle County, and the two from earlier in the season were from Kent.

 

DPH urges those who have not been vaccinated to do so.

This is highest level of influenza-like illness recorded since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.