2-month-old girl is Del.'s first flu death

January 15, 2013 7:18:22 PM PST
A 2-month-old baby girl has become Delaware's first flu-related death of the 2012-2013 season.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, the director of the division of public health, says, "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. This is an important reminder how serious the flu can be, particularly among vulnerable populations like the very young, people with multiple underlying conditions, and seniors."

Delaware has reported widespread flu activity, as have Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Pennsylvania's Department of Health reported new numbers today, for the week from January 5-12. And they show little improvement over the week before.

Lab-confirmed flu cases rose last week, from 4,256 to 5,069.

And there were 18 flu deaths reported across the state, the same number reported during the first week of January. That brings the total for the season to 40.

The state says there are no confirmed deaths among children. Last week, Lehigh Valley Health in Allentown said an 18-month-old had died of complications from flu. However, that hasn't been confirmed by the state.

There was one small bright spot. The number of people hospitalized due to flu dropped slightly.

The federal Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has declared this year's outbreak an 'epidemic,' but says that was expected and many not continue long, as it appears flu in the southern states, where it started first, has started to decline.

If you do get the flu, be sure not to return to work or school till 24 hours after your fever ends.