Flu kills eighth person in Oklahoma, health officials report

Health officials say flu illnesses spiked in March in Oklahoma. A recent death in Wagoner County was the eighth of the year related to influenza.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: April 6, 2012
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The flu virus recently claimed its eighth victim in Oklahoma this year, the state Health Department reported.

The most recent flu-related death was reported last week in Wagoner County.

In addition, Health Department officials reported 16 cases of people hospitalized last week because of the flu.

Deaths statewide

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 County.

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.


by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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