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34 Washington Deaths this Season Due to Flu Virus

February 8, 2013

The Washington state Health Department says the state has had 34 lab-confirmed flu deaths so far this flu season.

Agency spokesman Donn Moyer says that figure covers confirmed deaths through Wednesday. The total is up from 28 last week.

The Snohomish Health District says the Jan. 24 death of an Everett man in his 90s has been confirmed as a flu death.

Elsewhere, Thurston County’s health officer Dr. Diana Yu says a 23-year-old woman who died at the end of January tested positive for Influenza B. Yu says that flu strain rarely causes death. The Olympian reported Thursday that the woman likely died of flu complications such as secondary pneumonia. Yu says the county coroner will determine the official cause of death.

Grays Harbor Public Health Director Joan Brewster told KXRO that there are some tips to know to stay healthy.

Brewster says the 3 things that residents can do to avoid getting sick are “Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.” In addition, Brewster says that if you are sick, stay home.

The state Health Department says there were 18 flu deaths in 2011-2012 and 36 the previous year. The most state flu deaths in recent years were 98 in the swine flu season of 2009-2010.

WDOH

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