Elderly man becomes El Paso’s fifth person to die from flu this season

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – An elderly man is the fifth person in El Paso to have died from the flu this season, the Department of Public Health confirms.

According to a news release, the man was in his mid-80s, suffered from underlying medical conditions, and did not receive the flu vaccine this season.

Health officials say more than 100 flu cases were reported during the first week of May alone. 

13,411 cases have been recorded so far this flu season, compared to 12,369 last year. There were 21 flu-related deaths during last year’s flu season.

“We continue to see an unusually high number of flu cases being reported for this time of year,” said Fernando Gonzalez, Lead Epidemiologist. “Our residents need to continue to practice prevention techniques and be vigilant when it comes to seeing a medical practitioner if symptoms persist.”

Public health officials remind the public to practice the following precautions to avoid the flu:

  • CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub your hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.
  • COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.
  • CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you do get sick, stay home until you’re well again, so you don’t spread more germs.
  • CALL – Call or see your doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

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