The number of flu-related deaths in Connecticut continues to rise, according to state health officials.
The State Department of Public Health said there are now 23 deaths in the state related to the flu.
There has also been an increase in the number of people that have been hospitalized with the flu over the past five weeks, according to DPH officials. In total, 1,500 have been hospitalized due to a flu-related illness.
"We had a crazy January," said Dr. Zane Saul, who is the director of infectious diseases at Bridgeport Hospital. "We are swamped with influenza illnesses."
Health officials said there is a total of 3,758 confirmed cases of the flu in all eight counties.
Here is the breakdown by county:
New Haven County: 828 flu cases
Fairfield County: 1,035 flu cases
Hartford County: 761 flu cases
Windham County: 284 flu cases
Middlesex County: 304 flu cases
New London County: 266 flu cases
Litchfield County: 149 flu cases
Tolland County: 131 flu cases
Saul said that 12 percent of all emergency room visits are influenza-related illnesses.
"Fortunately for the first week, we are starting to see it slow down," he said. "We're pleased it may have peaked, it started much earlier."
Saul said that flu shots are 70 percent effective and many believe they are still worth getting.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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