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4th flu death reported in Connecticut

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HARTFORD — The Department of Public Health says that there have now been four flu deaths in the state during flu season.

DPH reports that three of the flu-related deaths were associated with influenza A, and one other death associated with influenza B. The department says three of those who died were older than 65. The other was between 50 and 64 years old.

The department this week labeled this year’s outbreak as “widespread,” which means the virus has been detected in at least half of Connecticut.

There were 527 positive tests for flu reported between Aug. 26 and Dec. 22, according to recent statistics. That’s up from 347 cases reported by Dec. 15.

Health officials say most of the cases involve Influenza A, with very few Influenza B viruses being reported.

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