Flu kills two more Oklahomans
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Friday, February 15, 2013
2/15/13 at 5:36 AM
Two more Oklahomans have died from the flu this season, bringing the total number of deaths since Sept. 30 to 25, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Six of those deaths have been in Tulsa County, which has more than twice as many reported hospitalizations as any other county.
The latest deaths were in Nowata and Washington counties in northeastern Oklahoma.
Oklahoma and Comanche counties have each reported three deaths, and Washington and Pittsburg counties have each reported two deaths.
Several counties have reported one death.
The number of hospitalizations reported statewide has been 862, but only 36 of those were from this past week. That is fewer than had been reported in recent weeks.
Twenty of the dead have been 65 or older, and the other five were between the ages of 19 and 64.
Oklahoma is one of 24 states reporting high influenza activity and one of 38 states reporting widespread geographic activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Nationally, nearly 8,300 flu hospitalizations have been reported, according to the CDC.