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Coryell County man dies from flu; death toll could be higher

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Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 11:31 am

COPPERAS COVE — An elderly Coryell County man is the first reported death in this area from the flu. But there may be more unreported deaths from the season virus outbreak.

A Coryell County man who was in his 60s died of the flu at the VA Hospital in Temple, a Bell County Health Department report confirmed on Thursday.

Carrie Williams, spokesperson at the Texas Department of State Health Services, said that the state is seeing high levels of influenza across all counties.

“Our status for the number of flu cases is considered high and widespread and area surveillance of flu cases is progressing,” Williams said. “We have heard a lot of concern about the H1N1 flu strain because many of the rapid flu tests are coming back with false negatives.”

Williams said that means more people could have the flu than tests are showing. She said there has also been one pediatric death from the flu but would not reveal which county the child lived in. Williams also said neither counties nor state are required to track flu deaths of adults—only pediatric deaths—meaning the state death toll from the flu could be higher than reported.

Read the full story in Saturday's Killeen Daily Herald.

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