Flu-related deaths reported in Winnebago and Ogle counties

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Two stateline counties report flu-related deaths and flu season doesn't appear to be peaking anytime soon.

The Ogle County Health Department confirmed one flu-related death was reported Wednesday.

The Winnebago County coroner has seen the deaths of a 57-year-old woman in December and an 82-year-old man Thursday relating to the flu. Health departments throughout the county report a spike in numbers in the past week.

Winnebago County says last week it saw more than 700 flu cases reported, bringing the season's total to just less than 2,600.

The Boone County Health Department says it has seen 355 cases since the season started in October with 74 coming in just the last week.

"It historically is a bad actor so whenever you have this type of virus dominating you generally see a bad season and you generally have more complications particularly among the vulnerable in whom complications are more common," said Director of the National Institute for Allergy & Infectious Diseases Dr. Thomas Fauci.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported another 16 children have died from the flu, raising the total to 53. Hospitals throughout the country report cases at emergency rooms are also on the rise.

48 states also report widespread flu activity.