DOVER, Del. (WBOC/AP)- State health officials say two more flu-related deaths have been reported in Delaware.
Delaware's Division of Public Health says the fatalities bring the total number of flu-related deaths for the 2015-2016 season to three.
Officials said the two new flu deaths were a 58-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man, who both lived in New Castle County. They said both people had underlying health conditions.
The Division of Public Health said that so far, there have been 1,138 lab-confirmed flu cases this season in Delaware. The 2015-2016 flu year continues its pattern of a late peak, meaning a significant increase in cases and the three fatalities coming late in the traditional flu season, officials said.
During flu week 11, there were 306 new laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza among Delaware residents – 215 (70.3 percent) in New Castle County, 59 (19.3 percent) in Kent County and 32 (10.5 percent) in Sussex County, according to the Division of Public Health.
Officials said this season flu been less deadly than the last, when there were 28-flu related deaths and 2,390 confirmed flu cases.
For more information on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call the Division of Public Health at 888-282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov.