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CDC: 92 kids killed by flu, virus activity increasing

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(CNN) -- While health officials around the world continue to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, the CDC continues to say that influenza poses a much greater risk to the public.

The Centers for Disease Control says a second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

The CDC estimates there have been at least 26 million cases of the flu, 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the U.S. since this season began.

92 of those deaths have been children.

Flu virus activity was widespread in nearly every U.S. region, with high levels of activity in 48 states and Puerto Rico. That includes Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota.

The CDC says Influenza B viruses are the most commonly reported among children and young adults. While Influenza A is most commonly reported among people over the age of 25.

For information on how to best prevent seasonal flu, click here.

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China.

If the coronavirus starts spreading in the U.S., there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu. But health officials are trying to use labs that test for flu to check for coronavirus, too.


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