The flu virus recently claimed its eighth victim in Oklahoma this year, the state Health Department reported.
The most recent flu-
In addition, Health Department officials reported 16 cases of people hospitalized last week because of the flu.
This year, 299 people in Oklahoma have either been hospitalized or died because of the flu. That includes 76 cases in Oklahoma County, 69 cases in Tulsa County, 19 cases in Cleveland County and 11 cases in Comanche
Of the deaths, five were people in the 19- to 64-year-old age group; two were people 65 and older; and one was a person between 5 and 18 years old, according to department figures.
Health officials reported this year's flu season saw a spike in illness in the middle of March; last year's season saw a spike in late January.