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119 children have now died from flu, but many states finally report less activity


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Five more children have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) newest update on flu activity.

Although pediatric deaths related to influenza-like illnesses saw an increase, the deaths represent one of the lowest totals the U.S. has seen recently.

The deaths are reflective of the February 25-March 3 reporting dates, and they bring the total to 119 pediatric deaths from the flu for the current season.

However, the deaths represent a dramatic drop compared to the previous reporting week. For February 18-24, there were 17 pediatric deaths.

More states have also seen downgraded flu activity levels. Whereas 32 states reported high activity of influenza-like illness the last reporting period, that number dropped down to 21 states this week.

Fifteen states are reporting moderate activity, while Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and five states reported low activity, and nine states report minimal activity.

Despite the bulk of downgrades, hospitalizations of lab-confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations continues to rise.

A rate of 86.3 per 100,000 population of hospitalizations has been reported, according to the new data. This is an increase compared to the previous week's 81.7 per 100,000 population.

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