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Flu-related deaths in El Paso rises to 4
By: Jamel Valencia
EL PASO, Texas - The El Paso Health Department told KFOX14 its reporting three more flu-related deaths for the season.
Health department officials Armando Saldivar confirmed the additional deaths to KFOX14 Wednesday morning.
The number of flu-related deaths has risen to four so far this season.
The three latest are a middle-aged man and woman, both of whom had underlying medical conditions. The third was a young adult male with no known underlying medical conditions, confirmed Salvidar.
The first death involved a middle-aged man. Lab test results show that he had underlying medical issues.
"What we are seeing right now is that H1N1 is the predominant strain of the virus in our area," said Fernando Gonzalez, lead epidemiologist. "We need everyone in the community to realize that the flu vaccine can significantly reduce the chances of you getting the flu, and reduce the effects the virus may have on your health," he said. Gonzalez also pointed out that there were more flu cases and four deaths at this time last year. El Paso residents are encouraged to get a flu vaccine if they haven't already. It is estimated that this year's flu season should peak in February.