Published: Wed, April 11, 2018
Medical | By Marta Holmes

More Flu Deaths in Delaware, Total Now at 34

More Flu Deaths in Delaware, Total Now at 34

Recent rounds of winter-like weather during the spring also contributed to the continuance of flu season.

"We've seen about 9 cases this year so far I believe", Thihalolipavan said.

The Brisbane B influenza strain has been named by the World Health Organisation this year as one of the world's worst strains. "Based on our numbers, we're nearly back at the bottom of our curve", Person said.

DE public health officials are urging people to take measures to prevent spread of the viral disease after three more flu-related deaths were reported among the state's residents in the last two weeks of March.

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That flu strain was influenza A. The strain making the rounds now is influenza B. That's good news for those who need a vaccine, because the current vaccine matches well with influenza B.

The H3N2 virus that was prevalent this year often causes more severe flu symptoms.

Cape Town - When Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said the ranks of his team were dramatically thinned by a "hectic strain of flu", it prompted Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross to say that the influenza vaccine still offered the best protection. The most reported in a previous season was 28 in 2014-15.

"Although getting vaccinated is the most effective way of avoiding the flu, we should not ignore basic practices such as proper hand washing, covering a cough with a tissue or our arm and staying home when we're sick".

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People in high-risk categories - including pregnant women, young children, the elderly and people with other medical conditions - should consult a health care provider if they think they might have the flu, she said. Since the outbreak started in November 2016, 20 people have died and 587 cases have been confirmed.

"The average number of deaths a year related to a viral infection was more than 3000".

'The number of year-to-date cases of influenza in 2018 is higher than previous years, but it is too early to tell if this flu season will be worse than previous years, ' a spokesman said.

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