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Denton County reports another flu-related death

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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.

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