Public health officials reported Denton County's ninth death associated with the flu this season. The victim was an adult resident of Denton County.
In the past two flu seasons, public health officials did not report any influenza-associated deaths in Denton County, although such reporting is not required either. This season, the flu has claimed one child and eight adults so far in Denton County.
Officials said the flu season is not over, and some say the illness will likely remain a threat through March and early April.
The most recent weekly report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show a slight leveling-off in the percentage of doctor visits for fever, cough and other flu symptoms in nationwide surveillance. The current flu rate is also slightly lower than peak levels of the swine flu pandemic in 2009-10.
One strain, H3N2, has been particularly strong this year, according to CDC reports, leading to more hospitalizations and deaths in children, people 65 and older, and those with other health conditions.
Local health officials still advise getting a flu shot, seeking treatment for flu symptoms and taking everyday preventive steps to stop the spread of germs.
More information on Denton County flu surveillance can be found at www.DentonCounty.com/flu.