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Latest report shows flu cases continue to rise in Texas

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(KLTV) - The Department of State Health Services released the latest flu numbers on Friday and the report indicates that the number of flu-like illnesses continue to increases.

Cases of the flu and flu-like activity are widespread across Texas and are above normal levels. Last week, 1,063 people tested positive for the flu. Of that number there were 277 subtypes tested and 275 (99.3%) of those were for H1N1, commonly known as swine flu.

A 7-year-old child died last week from the flu in South Texas. The child, who had not received a vaccination, tested positive for H1N1. This was the second pediatric flu death in December 2013 and the second in 2013.

Two Gregg County residents died from the H1N1 virus in December. Neither of them had received a flu shot. On Tuesday, East Texas Medical Center in Tyler confirmed a case of H1N1, as well.

Physicians are being advised to give their patients Tamiflu if they are showing flu-like symptoms. The H1N1 virus is included in this year's flu shot.

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