Waco: Flu reports decline, but 2 deaths reported

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Information released Thursday by the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District indicates a decrease in the number of flu cases for the second week in a row.

But health officials Thursday confirmed that two people have died of the flu or of flu complications in McLennan County since October.

According to the district, there were 1,182 cases of flu or flu-like illness reported for the week ending on Jan. 6 in McLennan County.

In the previous week, the district reported 1,283 cases, indicating a decrease of 101 cases.

While the decrease is welcome news, the district continues to recommend that those with the flu avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of the virus.

Washing hands is a recommended practice, and prescription medications such as Tamiflu can help those who catch the flu.

The district also advises that only health care professionals can diagnose the flu and prescribe medication.

Nearly 6,000 cases of flu or flu-like illness have been reported since October, the highest number in five years.

About 4,100 case have been reported since October in Bell County.