Flu deaths are escalating in the state.
The South Carolina Department of Environmental Control said it had confirmed 11 flu deaths in the week ending January 18. That brings the state’s total to 41 deaths since flu season began in September. The agency said all but four of the deaths have been adults.
The number will increase after the Medical University of South Carolina reported this week that a 34-year-old man in the Charleston area had died of the swine flu. He was not identified due to privacy concerns.
More than 1,200 hospitalizations have been reported, according to DHEC. Most of the confirmed lab cases are from the same H1N1 strain that caused a “swine flu” scare in 2009, the report states. However, DHEC numbers show that flu in the state is more regional to urban environments and is not as widespread as last year, especially in the Catawba and Pee Dee counties.