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11:07 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Another Flu Death

Oklahoma City, OK – Officials: Flu deaths in Oklahoma climbs to 19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma State Health Department officials say another person has died of influenza complications, bringing the total this season to 19.

The Health Department reported yesterday that the latest flu death was an Oklahoma County resident in the 65 and older age group. Officials say 47 percent of flu deaths have occurred in the 65 and older age group.

Since Sept. 1, 927 cases of flu-associated hospitalizations have been reported to the state Health Department. Officials say 47 percent of hospitalizations have occurred among children 18 or younger.

Officials say 380 of the 517 specimens tested by state Health Department were positive for influenza. Of those, 64.7 percent were positive for Type A flu, 4.7 percent were positive for H1N1 or swine flu, and 30.5 percent were positive for influenza B.