2 more die of flu in Allegheny County, bringing death total to 11
Two more Allegheny County residents have died of flu-related complications, bringing the countywide total to 11 deaths with nearly two months of flu season remaining, health officials announced Monday.
A woman in her late 50s died in early January, Allegheny County spokesman Ryan Scarpino said.
A man in his late 80s died within the past week.
Their identities were not released.
Health officials are reporting more than double the number of confirmed flu cases than this time last year.
As of Saturday, county officials had confirmed 6,102 cases, 513 hospitalizations and 11 deaths during the 2017-18 flu season. That's up from 2,684 cases, 252 hospitalizations and six deaths at the same time last year.
A flu strain called H3N2 has been most dominant virus infecting people this season.
The health department said all deaths are under investigation and it was not known if some of those who died had underlying medical conditions.
In a typical year, the flu kills about 36,000 people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The signs and symptoms of the #flu can be pretty severe. If you suspect that you have the flu, @PhysGenLevine recommends that you call your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat your flu illness. pic.twitter.com/otSh796157— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) February 5, 2018
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Do you know what to do if you get sick with the #flu ? Follow these steps from @CDCFlu : ☑️ see your doctor if very ill or at high risk ☑️ take antiviral drugs, if prescribed ☑️ stay at home ☑️ avoid contact with others ☑️ drink lots of water pic.twitter.com/rVnJLKj8qP— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) February 5, 2018