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Denton County reports eighth flu-related death

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Staff report, Denton Record-Chronicle

Flu has claimed another life in Denton County, bringing the local death toll this season to eight, according to a press release issued Tuesday by Denton County Public Health.

County health officials declined to say where the victim lived, citing patient privacy, but did confirm it was an adult. Seven of the victims were adults. The eighth was a child.

State health officials say it is too early to tell whether the flu season has peaked. So far, approximately 2,900 Texans have died from pneumonia or flu-related causes. The flu has claimed the lives of seven Texas children in all. However, most of the deaths have occurred in people age 65 and older.

Public health officials still encourage people to get a flu shot, saying that the antibodies can help fight the virus. Everyday preventive actions -- washing hands, covering when you sneeze or cough, and staying home when you feel sick -- help prevent the spread of the virus. If you feel achy and are running a fever, seek medical attention. Antiviral medications are the most effective at the onset of illness.

FEATURED PHOTO: This 1973 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows influenza virus particles. Doctors have long believed flu can trigger fatal heart problems, but previous studies were not considered rigorous. A new Canadian study, released Jan. 24 found the risk of heart attack was six times higher in the week after a lab-confirmed flu diagnosis. (Dr. F. A. Murphy/CDC via AP)