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19th flu related death reported in El Paso

El Paso’s Department of Public Health says there has been another flu-related death, the 19th this season in El Paso. The victim was a woman in her 50s with underlying medical conditions.

Last season 1,211 flu cases were reported to the Department of Public Health, this season is already up to 9,226 cases and flu season is not done yet.

Below is a table of this season’s flu death provided by the City of El Paso Department of Public Health:

Although flu season has peaked, residents are still encouraged to get the flu shot and public health officials continue to urge medical providers to test for the flu and to prescribe antivirals when possible.

The city’s Department of Public Health continues to ask residents to practice the “4 C’s.”

1. CLEAN – Wash your hands often. Scrub hands for at least 30 seconds with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

2. COVER – Cover your cough. Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Don’t have a tissue? The crook of your elbow will do.

3. CONTAIN – Contain germs by steering clear of others who are sick. If you’re sick, stay home until you’re well.

4. CALL – Call or see a doctor if you or your child has a fever greater than 100 degrees.

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