CDC: Number of Deaths from Flu Virus Rises to 1,800

Flu Deaths In this Feb. 26, 2015 photo taken through the eyepiece of a microscope, human cells infected with the flu virus glow green under light from a fluorescence microscope at a laboratory in Seattle. The U.S. government estimates that 80,000 Americans died of flu and flu complications in the …
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The number of deaths caused by the flu virus this season recently rose to 1,800, 19 of whom were children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“All areas of the country saw an increase in flu activity for the week ending Dec. 14, with the highest flu activity clustered in 19 states, many of them in southern and western parts of the country,” ABC News reported.

The CDC estimated that there were at least 3.7 million cases of the illness and 32,000 people were hospitalized as a result.

“Activity is being caused mostly by influenza B/Victoria viruses, which is unusual for this time of year,” the agency said. “A(H1N1) viruses are the next most common and are increasing in proportion relative to other influenza viruses in some regions.”

However, the CDC also noted that it is not too late for individuals to get a flu shot to guard against the sickness:

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