Houston Flu Cases on Decline as School Mourns Teacher's Death

Categories: Public Health

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Illustration by TimVickers

We have a lot of flu this year. But you probably already know that.

Although exact numbers are hard to come by since hospitals only voluntarily provide information on flu cases, we do know that there were 132 positive results found this flu season in Houston's bureau of lab services. A total of 110 of those positives came from a 2009 H1N1 swine flu strain.

Talk about retro viruses spreading fear one sneeze at a time. But reports suggest as many as 16 deaths in the greater Houston area this flu season. And a sudden death this week that may be flu-related grabbed headlines.

A Pearland High School teacher died after going to a doctor to deal with her flu. She collapsed at home following her doctor visit, a family friend told the Houston Chronicle.

Multiple flu-related deaths have been reported around the state, with as many at five locally, three connected to the H1N1 virus.

Four people with flu-related symptoms died in December in Montgomery County's Conroe Regional Medical Center .


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