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Flu cases up in Golden Triangle while Conroe deaths continue

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Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 4:01 pm

KFDM 6 News is reporting that the number of influenza cases in the Golden Triangle has increased dramatically, with the peak of the flu season yet to come.

However, it’s the recent death of four people with “flu-like” symptoms in the Conroe area that has area health experts very worried. Houston news outlets are reporting that four others in Montgomery County have the same symptoms, and two of them are fighting for their lives. So far, doctors say they have not been able to identify exactly what is causing the deaths.

Back in the Golden Triangle, Beaumont Public Health Department Director Sherry Ulmer says there were 20-30 reported cases of the flu last week in Beaumont, and that number is up to more than 70 this week. Ulmer stressed that there are many more unreported flu cases.

According to Ulmer, two of the flu cases are the H1N1 strain.

Ulmer went on to say the increase is expected at this time of year, and the numbers usually peak in January and February.

Here in the Jasper area, there was no word on the number of reported flu cases at the Jasper-Newton County Health District, or Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital.

Health experts say there are precautions you can take to avoid the flu, or minimize the symptoms; get a flu shot, thoroughly wash your hands often, and stay home from work or school if you have the flu.