Flu hits new season peak in Knox County

By Stephen Betts | Mar 19, 2019
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The past week saw the most people in Knox County infected with influenza this season, according to the state.

There were 26 new confirmed cases of the flu for the week ending March 16, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. One of those people had to be admitted to the hospital.

The 26 cases exceeded the 21 cases reported for the week ending Feb. 23  which had been the previous peak for the season, which begins Oct. 1. The cases were confirmed through laboratory testing.

Since Oct, 1, there have been 156 cases of flu in Knox County, with a total of 19 people admitted to a hospital.

This is far fewer than the numbers reported a year ago.

Statewide last week, there were 775 new cases, with 86 people admitted to the hospital. For the season, there have been 7,021 cases and 734 hospitalizations.

There were five deaths reported last week throughout Maine from influenza. This brought the total number of influenza deaths for the season in Maine to 29.

The CDC continues to recommend people wash their hands frequently, cover their coughs, and stay home if they are sick as ways to prevent the spread of the flu.

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