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CDC: Flu season still hasn't reached peak

January 7, 2004

 (Atlanta-AP) -- Federal health officials say flu season has not reached its peak despite a drop-off in activity in some states.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday that at least five states -- Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Washington and West Virginia -- have been downgraded from widespread influenza activity but 42 others still are listed at the nation's highest flu outbreak level.

Georgia is one of 42 states listed as having widespread flu activity. The state has one confirmed case of a child dying from the flu. The CDC says child deaths from the flu also are increasing.

But health officials declined to release more information on the deaths -- saying a report with more information will be released Thursday.

Previously, the CDC said 42 children have died from the flu. The agency says about 92 children under age five typically die each flu season.

posted at  9:41AM by dave.miller@walb.com