State logs another flu death; hospitalizations waning
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Thursday, February 21, 2013
2/21/13 at 2:05 PM
A new Oklahoma flu death was reported this week, but health officials said the death occurred late last year.
A 7-year-old from Cherokee County died of the flu in the latter part of 2012, the Oklahoma State Health Department said Thursday.
"Certain disease investigations may be more prolonged due to the nature of the individual case as well as the information the Oklahoma State Department of Health must gather to ascertain and confirm the case," according to a statement from the health department.
The number of deaths since Sept. 30 is 26.
Six of those deaths have been in Tulsa County, which has more than twice as many reported hospitalizations as any other county.
Hospitalizations continued to drop.
Nearly 950 flu hospitalizations have been reported, and 24 of those were in the past week. That is down from 36 the week before.
Twenty of the dead have been 65 or older, and five others were between the ages of 19 and 64.