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The flu season may have hit its peak in Delaware but three more people have died bringing the total to 34.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the recent deaths involved a Sussex County man and two Kent County women.

The paper reports they were all in their eighties.

There has been in major decline in the number of confirmed flu cases with 216 reported between March 25th and Marth 31st.

The total confirmed cases this season stands at just over 81-hundred the highest since the state first began tracking them back in 2004.

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There have now been 31 confirmed deaths from the flu in Delaware this season.

A 62-year-old New Castle woman is the latest casualty.

It’s reported that she had underlying health conditions.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that this is the deadliest flu season to hit the First State out distancing the record set in 2014-2015 when 28 confirmed deaths were report.

The state has been keeping records since 2004.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The recent confirmation of two flu-related deaths has brought Delaware's season total to 30, breaking the previous single-season record.

The Division of Public Health said in a release Monday that two women, aged 83 and 84, died in the last two weeks of February. Both women had multiple underlying health conditions.

The number of flu deaths recorded in the state's 2017-2018 flu season exceeds the 2014-2015's record of 28. This season's total of flu cases smashes last year's record of 4,554, coming in at 7,071.

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The flu epidemic is setting records in Delaware and across the nation. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush looks at the impact and the reasons for the serious of this year's season. (Donavan Mack provided reportial assistance for this story.)

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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.  

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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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