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Flu virus to blame for deaths of 45 Oklahomans

19 January 2018

Three flu-related deaths were reported this week in Cuyahoga County, bringing to five the total number of flu-related deaths this season.

The deaths were recorded in the county's influenza report for the week ending January 6 and was posted on the web site of the Department of Public Health.

According to the report, there were 2,070 confirmed flu cases reported last week throughout the county, down about 1,000 from a revised tally of 3,046 two weeks ago.

Officials said 35 of those who died were over 65 years old, and 10 were between 50 and 64 years old.

St. Louis County has seen a slight drop in the number of new flu cases this past week, while St. Charles County has seen a slight rise.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone age six months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

The flu outbreak has also forced at least 11 school districts in Texas and Oklahoma to shut down, including two in North Texas.

Within the last week, three people have died from the flu.

Symptoms include fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness.

Public health officials think the current flu season is going to be worse than last year's because the dominant flu strain, H3N2, causes more fatalities than other flu viruses.

Get to the doctor within 48 hours of the onset of flu as they may prescribe antivirals which can effectively reduce the symptoms.

Flu virus to blame for deaths of 45 Oklahomans