Reporting Bob Allen
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The flu emergency continues around the country.
The latest numbers are out, and the illness continues to spread. In fact, things are worse in Allegheny County than anywhere else in the state.
According to the state health department, 18 more flu-related deaths were reported in Pennsylvania, bringing the total to 40 deaths statewide this season.
Also, influenza cases have now been reported in all Pennsylvania counties.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers:
- Allegheny County reports five deaths, which are the most in the state, and a total of 1,249 cases
- Armstrong County reports one death with 90 cases
- Beaver County reports one death with 236 cases
- Westmoreland County reports four deaths and 700 cases
The majority of the cases are among the elderly.
Influenza was detected in 90 percent of respiratory samples submitted to the state lab for testing.
Health officials say 5,059 cases were reported during the second week of 2013. That’s up from 4,256 cases reported during week one.
It’s believed the number of flu-related cases has not peaked and activity may continue through March. So, health officials are saying it is not too late to get a flu-shot.
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