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

Categories: Public Health


Deadly flu strains are nothing to joke about, so I don't blame you if you're feeling a lot more uneasy about that co-worker who keeps coughing behind you.

Still, it's not a cause for panic, according to local and state health officials since flu activity has dropped in the last week, but is more severe with people requiring trips to the doctor to deal with their symptoms.

"We see the flu every year and while the flu can cause severe illness and death in some people, the vast majority of people will recover," Tracy Obey, the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services spokesperson told Hair Balls.

"Of course people who have underlying health conditions such as asthma or compromised immune systems, those people are under greater threat of illness and should contact their health provider," Obey said. Several of this year's victims of flu-related illness reportedly suffered from heart disease and obesity.

Flu activity in the Houston area is considered moderate in the latest weekly report from the Houston Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control. Still, as a whole, Texas is on high alert for flu infections.

Medical officials have yet to complete the report on teacher Tracie Burrough's exact cause and manner of death.

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