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Hospital Sees Huge Increase in Flu Cases



    Hospital Sees Huge Increase in Flu Cases
    Two Connecticut residents have died after contracting the flu this season, and nearly 700 cases have been reported so far.

    Connecticut flu cases are on the rise, and Hartford Hospital workers said the emergency room has seen a record number of patients this week.

    Connecticut is one of 25 states around the country in which the flu is considered to be widespread, as shown on the CDC website.

    Two Connecticut residents have died and more than 200 have been hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state Dept. of Public Health.

    In fact, a spokesperson for Hartford Hospital said the emergency room saw a record-breaking 374 patients on Monday alone, many of whom suffered viral illnesses.

    Hospital officials said this is 100 patients more than the daily average and broke the previous record by 34.

    Flu cases have been reported in all eight counties, and two people over the age of 45 have died as a result, the DPH reports. A total of 1,029 cases have been reported so far this season, and the flu is continuing to spread.

    Symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches and fatigue.

    Adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women and young children are at particular risk, as are people with certain health conditions, including asthma, heart disease and blood disorders, among others, according to the CDC.

    The CDC recommends vaccines to everyone over the age 6 months, even those whom have already contracted the flu this season.

    Find out where to get the flu vaccine here.

    For more information, visit the CDC or the DPH websites.