February 7 | Source
BALTIMORE (WJZ/CNN) — More than two dozen people have now died from the flu in Maryland this season, the state’s health department said Friday.
In total, 25 people, including three children, have died from the flu, with five of the deaths coming in the past week.
Two-hundred sixty-one people were hospitalized with the flu in the past week alone, officials said. Flu activity is listed as high and widespread across the state.
Flu activity continued to increase and remained high in the United States in the week ending February 1, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is after dramatic drops in flu activity during the first two weeks of 2020.
Flu virus activity was widespread in nearly every U.S. region, with high levels of activity in 45 states and Puerto Rico. Influenza A and influenza B strains are approximately equal for the season overall, the CDC said, but in recent weeks there has been an increase in influenza A. Influenza B viruses are the most commonly reported flu viruses among children, including babies, and young adults up to age 24, while influenza A is most commonly reported among people 25 to 64 and 65 and older. >Read More