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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware prison officials are restricting inmate visits as a preventative health measure amid the current flu epidemic.

Officials say that starting Wednesday morning, prison visits will be suspended for any child under the age of 16.

Meanwhile, Department of Correction officials say they are working with the Division of Public Health and are treating all offenders with elevated temperatures and symptoms of the flu.  To date, 64 offenders have been treated with Tamiflu.  


DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware public health officials say the death toll from the flu has risen to 18.

Officials are reporting eight new deaths, six in the past week and two others that occurred earlier in the flu season but were just recently reported.

All of the six individuals who died last week were from New Castle County, and none had gotten the flu vaccine.  All but one had underlying health conditions. The two previous deaths involved Kent County residents, both with multiple underlying health conditions and neither having been vaccinated.

Delaware Flu Cases Soar

Feb 15, 2018
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware health officials say the flu has killed the first person in the state who didn't have an underlying condition.

The New Journal of Wilmington reports the 47-year-old woman who died this week did not have this year's flu shot and was infected with influenza B. The 10 other Delawareans who have died from the flu all had underlying conditions; Six of them had received a flu shot.

Director of the Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says the woman's death is a solemn reminder the flu can kill otherwise healthy people.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Nearly 1,000 cases of influenza have been confirmed in Delaware in a single week, the most the state has ever recorded.

On a conference call with reporters Monday, officials said 995 lab-confirmed flu cases were recorded during the week ending Feb. 3. The previous high of 671 came during the 2009-2010 flu season.

Six flu deaths were reported during the week, bringing Delaware's total this season to 10.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - The harsh flu season has put "a significant" stress on Maryland's hospitals and emergency services.

State health officials said in a press release Thursday that hospitals are being overcrowded. They're urging only the very sick to visit an emergency room.

There's a normal increase in the number of people who go to the hospital in the winter for flu and respiratory illnesses. But the Maryland Department of Health has reported widespread cases.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware has announced the state's third flu death of what's turned out to be a particularly bad season.

The state's Division of Public Health said in a statement Wednesday that a 76-year-old man from Sussex County died in a hospital over the weekend. His passing follows the deaths of an 83-year-old woman and a 47-year-old man. Both lived in New Castle County.

At this time last year, two people had died from the flu. But the state is seeing far more flu cases this season.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Public health officials say 14 cases of flu have been confirmed in Delaware this this flu season, with five patients requiring hospitalization.

The Division of Public Health reports this week that all the patients who were hospitalized were over age 65; several had underlying health conditions.

The News Journal reports that as of Nov. 11, six cases were confirmed in Kent County; five in New Castle County and three in Sussex County.

Health officials say last season, 4,590 cases of flu were reported in Delaware. Fifteen people died from the flu.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Health officials say two more people in Delaware have died after contracting the flu.

Delaware Health and Social Services said in a news release Thursday that an 86-year-old Kent County man and a 90-year-old New Castle County man died earlier this month. Both had multiple underlying health conditions.

The department says this month's deaths bring the number of people who died of flu in Delaware this season to five.

It's not too late to get a flu shot, officials say.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - State public health officials are offering a final round of flu shots as they encourage Delawareans to get vaccinated.

Officials are holding their annual free flu vaccination event in Legislative Hall on Wednesday, the final community flu clinic for the 2016-2017 flu season.

Officials remind Delawareans that flu vaccinations also are available through doctors, pharmacies, many grocery stores, and public health clinics located at state service centers.

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A 98 year New Castle woman has succumbed to the flu making her death the second this season in Delaware.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that she had contracted influenza strain A and had a number of medical issues that caused her death.

The first case involved an 87-year-old man also from New Castle who had the same strain with underlying conditions.

Officials say that January is the most serious time for people coming down with the flu especially since many travel for the holidays.