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3 dead in Connecticut as flu reports surge

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The number of confirmed flu cases county-by-county The number of confirmed flu cases county-by-county
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Connecticut Department of Public Health spokesman confirmed Friday morning the deaths of three people in Connecticut related to the flu, which is now classified in the state as widespread.

Connecticut Department of Public Health spokesman Bill Gerrish confirmed the information to Channel 3 Eyewitness News.

According to the state DPH, the number of visits to a local emergency room being attributed to the "fever/flu syndrome" has been steadily increasing in the past eight weeks to its current level of about 10 percent statewide.

According to the DPH, the current level that's been observed is higher that what was observed during the previous two flu seasons, which didn't even exceed eight percent.

The percentage of outpatient visits with influenza-like symptoms has been on the rise in the past 10 weeks, to its current level of 3.5 percent. The last two flu seasons didn't exceed two percent.

In addition, DPH officials said, the percentage of statewide admissions to hospitals that have been attributed to the "pneumonia syndrome" has increased in the past five weeks. The current level of pneumonia admissions is at about 9.3 percent, which is higher than that of the previous two seasons, which generally did not exceed six percent.

Department of Public Health officials said there has been a large increase of positive flu reports in the past three weeks and to date, there are a total of 1,680 reports of the flu throughout the state.

  • New Haven County: 453 flu cases
  • Fairfield County: 451 flu cases
  • Hartford County: 308 flu cases
  • Windham County: 151 flu cases
  • Middlesex County: 119 flu cases
  • New London County: 85 flu cases
  • Litchfield County: 62 flu cases
  • Tolland County: 49 flu cases

Data shows from multiple surveillance systems that the flu activity is widespread and increasing within the borders of Connecticut during the early phase of the 2012-2013 flu season, according to the Department of Public Health.

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