Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has seen more than 200 new flu-like cases in a matter of hours, with some of the patients having died, the hospital said Thursday.
The hospital has seen a spike in flu cases in recent days, as the flu season gets underway in the United States.
The Cincinnati Children and Family Medical Center reported Tuesday that it had seen at least 40 flu-related cases, a rate that has increased to more than 60 percent since mid-February.
The UIC Hospital reported Wednesday that its total flu cases have now surpassed 300, with about 10 percent of those cases having died.
In addition, the facility has received more than 600 patients with a flu-associated coronavirus coronaviruses, according to hospital officials.
The flu virus was first identified in the U.S. in the early 1980s.
Since then, it has spread around the world, causing more than 2.7 million illnesses worldwide, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.