A third death linked to the current flu season has been reported to the state, a spokesman for the State…
A third death linked to the current flu season has been reported to the state, a spokesman for the State Department for Health said Tuesday.
The spokesman for the health department Meg Mirivel said the last death, reported to the department on Monday, was by a person 65 years of age or older. The first two deaths reported last month were both in the age group 45-64 years.
All the deaths so far have been of people living in the southwestern part of the state and have not been vaccinated against the flu, Mirivel said.
The first flu-related death in the previous season was reported in late November 201
7, Mirivel has said. A total of 227 people died of the flu that season, making it the deadliest decades.
The activity level so far this season is “far below” where it was at this time last year, but “comparable to most other years,” Mirivel said.
Due to clinical reports from patients with flu-like symptoms, the intensity of activity in the state was listed in a health department report as “minimal” during the week ending Saturday. According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the District of Columbia and 45 other states also reported minimal influenza activity in late October and early November.
The level was listed as “low” in Alabama, Louisiana and Missouri and “moderate” in Georgia.
Influenza seasons usually run from October to May.
Metro the 11/14/2018