EL PASO - The Department of Public Health says that preliminary flu numbers for March aren't as high as January and February.
The health department reported 357 cases of the flu in January and 302 cases in February. That number exceeds the number of cases they reported during the H1N1 pandemic. Last year, there were 20 cases in January and 21 in February.
So far in March, they've seen 126 reported cases, ten of which were the H1N1 virus. The health department also says that H1N1 was found to be a "secondary factor" in the death of a 76-year-old man in February.
"This recent death is not a case of a seemingly healthy individual who contracted the disease; became ill; and died as a result," said Fernando Gonzalez, the department's lead epidemiologist. "Much like we saw with H1N1 cases in 2009, this elderly man was someone who was sick and whose body could not overcome various illnesses, including the H1N1 flu strain," he added.
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