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2:03 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

More Oklahoma Flu Deaths

Tulsa, OK – 4 more people die of flu complications in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says four more influenza-associated deaths have been reported to the agency, bringing the number of deaths this flu season to 12.

Officials announced Thursday that two of the deaths were in the 19-64 age group and two occurred in the 65 years or older group. Two of the deaths were in Oklahoma County, one was in Canadian County and the other was in Tulsa County.

Officials say there have been 724 cases of influenza-associated hospitalizations reported to the Health Department since Sept. 1. Children 18 years old or younger make up 48 percent of the hospitalizations.

The Health Department says 285 of 398 specimens tested by the agency were positive for influenza, and 69.1 percent of those were positive for Type A influenza.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.