By Steve Dellar  |  01-11-2018   News
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Flu season continues to wreak havoc across Dallas county, with officials sadly reporting another 5 lethal cases this week, bringing the total to a staggering 23, with live reports coming in to Dallas newspapers to update those figures.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dallas County flu fatalities jump from 11 to 18 in four days <a href="https://t.co/i0x8Fyxfmc">https://t.co/i0x8Fyxfmc</a></p>&mdash; Christopher Siron (@ChrisSiron) <a href="https://twitter.com/ChrisSiron/status/950759361894342656?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 9, 2018</a></blockquote>

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All deaths in Dallas County were persons with high-risk conditions. They included a 94-year-old, a 93-year-old, an 89-year-old, a 71-year-old and a 38-year-old. Further details have not been given.

Tarrant County chief epidemiologist Russ Jones stated that there are probably more cases which are not being reported yet: "It's safe to say that we are currently experiencing a flu outbreak, and these three voluntarily reported flu-related deaths reflect that."

Mr Jones had declared earlier this week that no less than twelve long-term care facilities in Tarrant County have already seen outbreaks of the flu. Last year there were only 17 adult deaths.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Breaking News: Flu Deadly Outbreak <br>Tarrant County - 3 people have died<br>Dallas County - 18 people have died <a href="https://twitter.com/NBCDFW?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBCDFW</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CDCgov?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CDCgov</a> <a href="https://t.co/RpFvyODZY8">https://t.co/RpFvyODZY8</a></p>&mdash; Courtney Gilmore (@CourtneyNBC5) <a href="https://twitter.com/CourtneyNBC5/status/951166813018181632?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Parkland Memorial Hospital confirmed that a record number of flu cases are being brought into their facility at the moment.

Dr. Joseph Change, Associate Medical Chief, declared: "We've had over 1,500 positive flu cases and 400 people admitted to the hospital for the flu."

Hospitals are currently overwhelmed with patients due to the flu epidemic and are therefore asking anyone with non-emergent symptoms to visit their doctor instead.

Source:

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/tarrant-county/2018/01/10/three-flu-related-deaths-reported-tarrant-county

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