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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

US : 5 child deaths linked to Arizona flu season

Article via Your West Valley News :

" Five pediatric deaths connected with influenza were reported during the 2010-11 season, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The season concluded with the latest report, which covers Sept. 25 to Oct. 4.

A total 9,837 lab-confirmed cases were reported across Arizona. Many more likely were sick, as some people don’t require lab testing, health officials say.

Most confirmed cases — 30 percent — were in people 19 to 49 years age. The second biggest group was children 5 to 18, with 27 percent of the cases. Arizona’s youngest population — birth through age 4 — saw 23 percent of the confirmed cases.

One percent of cases did not have the patient’s age."

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