Health officials say a late-season wave of influenza A (H3N2) has caused a spike in hospitalizations across the Inland Northwest.

The Spokesman-Review reports the virus is a different strain than that which affected people earlier this flu season.

Officials with the Spokane Regional Health District say overall, flu-related hospitalizations and deaths are significantly lower than last year, but the numbers for March were higher than deaths and hospitalizations seen in March during any of the last five years.