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2 children have died from the flu in Maryland

Health officials reported that both deaths were associated with influenza B/Victoria virus.

WASHINGTON — Two kids have died from the flu in Maryland, according to the latest flu update from state health officials. Health officials reported that both deaths were associated with influenza B/Victoria virus. So far this season, 13 adults have died from the flu in Maryland. 

Flu activity remains widespread in Maryland and the activity level is high.   

In Virginia, no children have died from the flu this season, but state health officials report more than 400 people have died from pneumonia and influenza related illnesses. Flu activity is also widespread in Virginia. The state has seen widespread activity for the last eight weeks and the intensity level is high.

The largest number of visits was from infants to children four-years-old in the latest week's update.  

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Flu activity is widespread in Maryland and Virginia.

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Flu activity has decreased in D.C. according to the latest report, but activity remains elevated. No children have died from the flu in D.C. 

More than 200 new flu cases were reported in the weekly update, bringing the total to 1,693 cases in D.C.   

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The Centers for Disease Control reported more than 50% of the positive lab test results for influenza are from children and young adults, 25 years old and younger. In the latest report, CDC officials said 54 children have died from the flu this year, with influenza B viruses accounting for the majority of the deaths. 

Health officials with the CDC estimate that there have been 15 million flu illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths from flu.

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