Third flu-related death reported in El Paso

El Paso News
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An elderly woman is the third El Pasoan to die from the flu this season.

The death was reported by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health on Thursday morning in a news release.

Officials said the woman was in her mid-80s, was not vaccinated and had other underlying medical conditions.

“The trend we are seeing right now is that the number of flu cases being reported continues to increase,” Fernando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist, said in a news release. “We want to express our condolences to this woman’s loved ones and remind the community to please guard themselves against the flu because it can have devastating effects. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine”

The previous two deaths included a woman in her mid-20s and a man in his mid-80s. 

As of the third week of January 2019, 661 cases of the flu had been reported compared to 1,540 at the same time last year. There were 21 flu-related deaths during the last flu season, the news release said.

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