Denton County Public Health reported Friday the thirteenth influenza-associated death, an adult, in the county for the 2017-2018 flu season.
“Positive flu cases have been declining within Denton County since mid-February, but this recent flu death illustrates the illness can still be a serious health risk,” saidJuan Rodriguez, DCPH Assistant Director and Chief Epidemiologist, in a prepared statement.
DCPH influenza surveillance reports indicate a steady decline in influenza activity since Feb. 17. The most recent surveillance report reflects low influenza activity with five positive influenza tests reported, according to a news release.
DCPH continues to recommend that residents practice the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Good Health Habits to protect themselves against illness. CDC general good health habits include:
- Avoiding close contact with individuals who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Practicing consistent handwashing
- Disinfecting surfaces or objects regularly
Weekly Denton County flu surveillance reports and additional information is available atwww.DentonCounty.com/flu. Visit www.cdc.gov/flu for details about symptoms, treatment, and prevention and www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/stopgerms.htm for additional CDC Good Health Habits.