State's first flu death is Tulsa County resident
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Tulsa County resident between the ages of 19 and 64 is the first person in Oklahoma to die from the flu this season.
Since Sept. 30 there have been 24 hospitalizations due to flu reported in Tulsa County, the most for any county in the state.
Oklahoma County has reported 10, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
There have been 75 flu hospitalizations throughout the state. Twenty-one of those were reported last week. The age range with the most hospitalizations was 65 and older with 28. Children under 4 accounted for 20 cases, according to the department.
Nationally 1,013 people have been hospitalized and eight children have died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Flu activity has been increasing, particularly in the south central and southeastern regions of the county. Oklahoma reported regional flu activity last week while 29 states had widespread activity, according to the CDC.