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Resurgence in Monroe County flu cases; 16 now dead

As of March 31, 16 adults have died from the flu in Monroe County. (Photo: U.S. Air Force / MGN Online)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Health officials report a recent spike in cases of influenza.

As of March 31, 16 adults have died from the flu in Monroe County.

During the nearly-six month span in which the Monroe County Health Department tracked flu cases in the county, there were 6,608 confirmed cases of the flu. Of those, 4,414 were flu A , 2,191 flu B, and three were both.

That's a jump of 414 new cases in the last week, a significant increase compared to 281 new cases the week before.

There were 1,160 people who needed to be hospitalized as a result of the flu in the last seven days.

Last week, doctors warned we could be seeing flu cases into May if this trend continues.

The 16 individuals who died this season have been ages 50 or older. Under federal law, the number of people diagnosed with the flu who also received flu shots cannot be disclosed. Vaccination records fall under HIPPA.

The influenza data can be seen in its entirety here. The CDC Emerging Infections Program at the Center for Community Health and Prevention compiles the data.

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