Child Dies From Flu In Denton County

Steven Pickering
March 25, 2019 - 5:15 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Health officials say a child has died from the flu in Denton County. It's the county's first pediatric flu-related death of the 2018-2019 season. That brings the state-wide total of child flu-related deaths to eight this season. One of those previous cases was in Garland.

Dallas County has reported a total of 14 flu-related deaths this season. The most recent was a 71-year-old patient who died last week. The CDC has classified flu activity in Texas as "regional," which is less severe than the "widespread" designation in Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. The latest influenza surveillance report from the Texas Department of State Health Services shows a drop in the number of flu cases state-wide from their peak in early February.

Health officials in Denton County are still urging people to get the flu vaccine. They're also recommending that people who experience flu-like symptoms visit a doctor. Those systems include fever, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and headaches.