Three More Mainers Die Of Flu

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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) Three more Mainers died from the flu last week, bringing the seasonal total to 55, according to new data from the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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

According to the data, there were 636 positive lab tests for influenza, bringing the total to almost 5,000 for the season.

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

The number of positive lab results is down about 25 percent week-over-week. Hospitalizations for the flu were flat.

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