Flu season child death toll doubles in CDC’s latest flu report


Ryan Jaslow
CBS News
January 17, 2014

Flu activity continues to climb in the U.S., with 40 states now reporting widespread disease activity during the week of January 5 through 11 — up from 35 states from last week’s report.

Each Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releases new data on U.S. flu activity that the agency culls from state health departments on disease cases that occurred one week prior.

Ten children died of flu during the second week of 2014 according to the new figures, a number that doubles the entire count of this year’s 2013-2014 flu season to date, raising the toll to 20 pediatric deaths.

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