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HOUSTON, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday reported that 443 people had died of influenza and pneumonia-associated complications in the past week, bringing the death toll to 1,379 since the beginning of September.
Meanwhile, according to the latest statistics released by the CDC, 6,092 people across the country have been admitted last week to hospitals resulting from all types or subtypes of influenza, not just those from the A/H1N1 influenza virus, bringing the total number to 16,174.
Last Friday, the CDC reported 572 influenza and pneumonia-related deaths and 10,082 hospitalizations for the previous week.
In an effort to add additional structure to the aggregate reporting, the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and the CDC have developed new case definitions for influenza-associated hospitalizations and deaths to be applied for the 2009-2010 influenza season, formally beginning from Oct. 4.
This new system was implemented on August 30, 2009 and replaces the weekly report of laboratory confirmed A/H1N1-related hospitalizations and deaths since July. States can now report to the CDC either laboratory confirmed or pneumonia and influenza syndromic hospitalizations and deaths resulting from all types or subtypes of influenza.
To allow states to implement the new case definition, counts were reset to zero by the CDC on August 30, 2009.