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Influenza responsible for 40 deaths in NH this season



The longest flu season in 10 years has been linked to 40 deaths in New Hampshire, health officials said Thursday. All the victims were adults, officials said. Last year, 64 adults in the state died from influenza-related illnesses. Health officials said the flu season has been going on for 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade. They said that in mid-February a new, more aggressive strain of virus had emerged that did not agree well with the vaccine. The authorities said the flu was widespread, not just in New Hampshire, but throughout New England. The week of April 7-13 shows that 15 people in New Hampshire tested positive and eight of them had the new strain of the virus. Authorities said the season should be over soon. It is usually completed by mid-May.

The longest flu season in 10 years has been linked to 40 deaths in New Hampshire, health officials said Thursday.

All the victims were adults, officials said. Last year, 64 adults in the state died from influenza-related illnesses.

Health officials said the flu season lasts 21 weeks, making it the longest flu season in a decade. They said that in mid-February a new, more aggressive strain of virus had emerged that did not agree well with the vaccine.

The authorities said the flu is widespread not only in New Hampshire but throughout New England.

The latest influenza report from the week of April 7-13 shows that 15 people in New Hampshire tested positive and eight of them had the new strain of the virus.

The officials said the season should be over soon. It is usually completed by mid-May.

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