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20 Children Dead Of Flu In US -- Doubled In 1 Week, Epidemic Status Reached (CDC) – Video

20 Children Dead Of Flu In US -- Doubled In 1 Week, Epidemic Status Reached (CDC) – Video

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(CBS News) -- 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.

During the 2012-2013 flu season, which started early and was especially severe, 169 children died.

The CDC does not track exact number of adult death rates, but this week the flu season reached “epidemic” status because 7.5 percent of all U.S. deaths during the second week of January were due to flu and pneumonia illnesses, surpassing the CDC’s epidemic threshold of 7.2 percent.

Last week, about 6.9 percent of deaths were attributed to flu and pneumonia. Read more via CBS News...

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