CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - For the first time this flu season, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is reporting influenza is widespread.
In figures just released for the week of March 12, there were 5,237 cases reported since flu season began in October 2015. That is up 1,083 cases from the previous week.
According to the health department, 78 percent of the lab-confirmed cases are Type A Influenza, and so far, the illness has claimed 19 lives in South Carolina.
Charleston County has been reporting the highest number of cases in the state, with 1,684 for the year, up 20 cases from the previous week.
In Berkeley County, there have been 185 lab-confirmed cases this flu season, up three from the previous week.
Dorchester County was up by 11 cases with 286, and Colleton County by one, with 26 cases.
The latest health department report shows flu in 44 of South Carolina's 46 counties.