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Latest Monroe County flu stats: no new deaths, but overall number of cases rises

The number of flu  cases in Monroe County continues to rise, but there were no new deaths related to the flu for the latest reporting week, which ended February 17.

The county reported total confirmed cases for the season at 4,430, up 715 from the previous week.

The number of new flu cases has risen each week for the last four weeks.

Health Department spokesman John Ricci says it’s not unusual to have a lot of flu activity in February. But he says one factor that has increased the overall numbers this season is that there was a lot of flu activity earlier in the season.

There have been 11 deaths related to the flu so far this season. Ricci says the flu season can sometimes linger into May.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.