The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma thus far this year doubled from three to six in the past week — although the total number of confirmed flu cases remains sharply below 2011 levels.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports the latest deaths include two in Oklahoma County and one in Osage County. The department says two of the deaths were in the 19-64 year-old age group and the other was 65 or older.
The total number of confirmed cases since Jan. 1 increased by 59 to 245. The department says the number of confirmed cases at the same time in 2011 was 828 with about two dozen of those cases resulting in death.