Death of second child of influenza season in Pennsylvania



During another week of "widespread" influenza activity in Pennsylvania, the state's Department of Health announced that another child had died.

This brings to two the total number of children who died this season from an influenza-related illness.

A further 15 adult influenza-related deaths were reported during the week ending March 13, bringing this number for the season to 89.

Overall activity, including outpatient visits and considerable number of outbreaks, remained above the epidemic threshold. According to the state's weekly state flu report, the northwestern and north-central regions are the most affected.

How is your county? The counties of Lehigh Valley experienced a mixed increase that was stronger than last week. Here is the number of extra cases they added last week:

Berks: Increase of 8.4%, for a total of 2,949 cases

Bucks: Increase of 17%, for a total of 2,312 cases

Lackawanna: Increase of 10% to 1,289 cases

Lehigh: Increase of 9.6%, for a total of 3,057 cases

Alfalfa: 11% increase, for a total of 2,318 cases

Monroe: Increase of 7.6%, for a total of 852 cases

Montgomery: Increase of 12.6% to 5 209 cases

Northampton Increase of 7.5% to 2,645 cases

Schuylkill: Increase of 8%, for a total of 679 cases

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