FORT WORTH (WBAP/KLIF) – Another North Texas County is reporting flu related deaths.
According to Tarrant County Public Health, three influenza-associated death were reported late Tuesday evening, marking the first voluntarily reported adult flu-related deaths of this flu season in Tarrant County. All three deaths involved adults older than 55 with underlying medical conditions. Influenza-associated deaths involving adults are not reportable to local health departments by Texas law. Only pediatric flu deaths are reportable.
“It’s safe to say that we are currently experiencing a flu outbreak and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that,” said Chief Epidemiologist Russell Jones. “This season is a mirrored reflection of 2013-2014, which was one of the more serious flu seasons of the past decade. Recognizing the early symptoms of this disease and consulting your healthcare provider, so you can get on an antiviral medicine like Tamiflu or Relenza, is advice that could lessen the severity of the disease for you.”
Neighboring Dallas County reported 23 flu deaths as of Wednesday.
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