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Flu cases on the rise; 5 deaths reported in Monroe County

Jan 22, 2018

The number of flu cases in New York State continues to rise, and the latest figures also show additional deaths related to the flu in Monroe County.

The latest numbers from the Monroe County Health Department show another two deaths tied to the flu; so far this season, there have been a total of five deaths in the county, with four of the deaths involving people 75 years of age or older, and one of the deaths involving someone between the ages of 50 and 64. 

Officials do not release anything more specific about the people who died.

Monroe County says that according to preliminary figures, between October of last year and January 13th of this year, there were 1,323 laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, with 378 people who had to be hospitalized.

Recently Governor Cuomo called on all New Yorkers, six months of age and over who have not yet received a flu shot to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

As of last week, the number of flu cases across the state had risen by 54 percent and new cases were diagnosed in each county in New York.  

NYS officials said that as of last week, 1,606 New Yorkers have been hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza, the highest weekly number since Department of Health reporting began in 2004.