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Flu, widespread in 30 states, blamed for nearly 2,000 deaths this season, CDC reports

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 12/22/2019 Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY
29 October 2019, Berlin: An employee has herself vaccinated against influenza for Deutsche Post delivery staff. In addition to delivery staff, Federal Health Minister Spahn was also vaccinated at the DHL delivery base. Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images) © Getty 29 October 2019, Berlin: An employee has herself vaccinated against influenza for Deutsche Post delivery staff. In addition to delivery staff, Federal Health Minister Spahn was also vaccinated at the DHL delivery base. Photo: Christoph Soeder/dpa (Photo by Christoph Soeder/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The flu is widespread in 30 states and has caused almost 2,000 deaths this season, including 19 children, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Nearly every state has reported elevated activity, the CDC said in its weekly update Friday.

The CDC estimated there have been at least 3.7 million flu cases this season, 32,000 requiring hospitalization. It reported 1,900 deaths.

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Most patients are infected with a strain called B/Victoria that usually doesn't appear until the end of flu season. The virus tends to strike children and young adults more often, but anyone can be affected, according to the CDC. 

The weekly report finds widespread flu in Puerto Rico and 30 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

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