H1N1 flu claims four more lives in U.S. state of Utah
The Utah health authorities on Wednesday reported four more deaths of the A/H1N1 flu virus, bringing the death toll of the virus to 14 in the U.S. state, Xinhua reported.
The state health department said in a news release that the four deaths confirmed in the past week, but did not disclose any details of the victims.
The department reports on every Wednesday the statistics related to the A/H1N1 flu virus to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanda.
Last Wednesday, the department said there had been 10 deaths as well as 920 confirmed and probable cases of A/H1N1 flu in the state.
Though state health officials said the A/H1N1 flu outbreak in the state might have reached its peak, Wednesday's news release shows there have been 268 hospitalized cases of A/H1N1 flu, 23 more than the figure released a week ago.
Some experts believe that the flu-like illness rates in Utah for the last week are still slightly above the epidemic threshold, and it's likely the spread of the virus will increase in the fall and winter.