Flu death total increases after 5 more confirmed in Nevada

January 11, 2020 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There were five new flu-related fatalities in the past week in Nevada, increasing the total to 11, health officials said.

Four of the deaths were in people 65 and older and there was one death of a child under the age of 5, Southern Nevada Health District officials reported Friday.

“That’s fairly typical,” district medical investigator Vit Kraushaar told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The people who are at most risk of complication from the flu are at the extremes of the age groups,” along with people with certain chronic medical conditions, he said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there have been at least 2,900 deaths from the flu nationwide so far this season, health officials said.

“Our local trends are reflected across the country,” with the number of cases up but not the number of deaths, Kraushaar said.

There have been 634 cases of influenza that led to hospitalization through Jan. 4 in Clark County compared to the 11 deaths and 260 hospitalizations in the same time period last year, district officials said.

Anyone 6 months of age or older is encouraged to get a flu vaccine every season, officials said.

Symptoms can include coughs, chest pain and fevers, officials said.