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US Flu, widespread in 30 states, blamed for nearly 2,000 deaths this season, CDC reports

00:45  23 december  2019
00:45  23 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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The flu is widespread in 30 states and has caused almost 2,000 deaths this season, including 19 children, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly every state has reported elevated activity, the CDC said in its weekly update Friday.

The CDC estimated there have been at least 3.7 million flu cases this season, 32,000 requiring hospitalization. It reported 1,900 deaths.

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Most patients are infected with a strain called B/Victoria that usually doesn't appear until the end of flu season. The virus tends to strike children and young adults more often, but anyone can be affected, according to the CDC.

The weekly report finds widespread flu in Puerto Rico and 30 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Flu, widespread in 30 states, blamed for nearly 2,000 deaths this season, CDC reports

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