NEW INFO: Flu Death Reported in Cabell County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/7/14 @ 10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Cabell County is reporting its first flu death of the season.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department says a patient died Sunday at St. Mary's Medical Center from Influenza A and other health complications. Details weren't released.

Health Department Executive Director Dr. Harry Tweel says people between the ages of 24 and 35 appear to be hit particularly hard during this flu season. He says the male patient who died was in this age range.

Tweel says there's still time to be vaccinated.

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ORIGINAL STORY 1/6/14 @ 5:47 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The first flu death of the season has been reported in Cabell County.

No information about the person is being released.

The Cabell County Health Department populations most at risk include infants, children, elderly and person who are immune compromised.

"This tragic loss reminds us of the importance of getting vaccinated against seasonal flu," said Elizabeth Ayers with the Cabell County Health Department.

Below are tips to prevent the spread of the flu:
-Frequently wash hands with soap and water
-Use alcohol based sanitizers when soap and water are not available
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
-Cough or sneeze into your sleeve
-If you cough or sneeze into your hand or a tissue, discard the tissue and wash your hands
-Avoid contact with those who are sick with flu-like symptoms
-If you are sick, stay home away from others for at least 24 hours after your symptoms have gone away

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