CDC Data: Five More Seasonal Flu Deaths

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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) Five more Mainers died from the flu last week bringing the seasonal total to 61, according to new data from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The weekly surveillance data for the prior week is released on Wednesdays.

The data indicates the season is slowing.

According to the data, there were 497 positive lab tests for influenza, a decrease of more than 20 percent week over week.

Those numbers, though, are only for people who went to a doctor to get tested.

Hospitalizations for the flu were also down more than 50 percent.

Overall, fewer people are going to see a doctor for the flu than during the height of the season in the beginning of February.

"This number represents the number of individuals who had influenza specifically listed on their death certificate," the report warns, adding the number of flu-related deaths is likely higher since "many influenza-associated deaths are due to secondary infections."

The flu remains considered widespread across Maine, but the decrease in numbers may indicate the spread of the virus continues to slow.

Other states, especially out west, are showing decreased cases of the flu.