Flu Cases Continue to Rise in Maine

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MAINE (WMTW) - Four more people in Maine died from the flu last week, but the number of confirmed cases dropped week-over-week, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The flu is considered widespread in Maine.

Forty-three people have died since the flu season began in October.

Two weeks ago, 876 lab tests tested positive for the flu virus in Maine, a weekly surveillance report said. But last week, positive tests dropped to 831, a slight decrease.

The positive lab results were concentrated in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Penobscot and York counties, but those counties are also Maine's most populous.

There have now been more than 4,000 confirmed cases of the flu in Maine, according to lab tests reported to the state.