Two new flu deaths reported in Oklahoma even as overall flu activity declines

Oklahoma's flu numbers have continued to decrease over the past few weeks.
BY JACLYN COSGROVE jcosgrove@opubco.com Published: February 14, 2013
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For the past few weeks, Oklahoma has seen a continued decrease in flu activity, although two new deaths have been reported, according to the state Health Department.

“Fortunately, this is the third week in a row that we've seen a decrease in the reports of influenza-like illness,” said Becky Coffman, who investigates disease and public health problems at the state Health Department.

The two deaths this past week bring the state's death total from the flu to 25. Meanwhile, 36 new hospitalizations or deaths were reported this past week, according to the state Health Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports influenza activity remains high in parts of the country but is declining nationally.

This year's flu season has been most severe among people 65 and older in Oklahoma and nationwide.

Of the 25 Oklahoma residents who have died this season from the flu, 20 residents were 65 or older.