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Five Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Tarrant County

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 5:21 AM CDT
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5 Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Tarrant Co.

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New information from the Tarrant County Health Department shows there have now been five flu-related deaths in the county this season.

According to the new information, one of the patients died in December while the other four died in January.

Specific patient information is not released due to patient privacy, but officials did say four of the five patients had underlying health conditions. One of the patients was in their 30s, two were in their 40s and two were in their 70s.

Officials have not said if any of the five had received the flu shot.

It is also not yet known if one of the victims is 42-year-old Diana Ruelas, an employee of the City of Fort Worth who complained of flu symptoms before she died Jan. 9. At this time, Ruelas' death has not been confirmed to be flu-related.

To date there have been 36 confirmed flu-related deaths in North Texas including 26 in Dallas County, five in Tarrant County, three in Denton County, one in Collin County and one in Hunt County. There is also one possible flu-related death in Wise County.

Before Tuesday, there had been no confirmed flu-related deaths in Tarrant County this season.

With the flu season not expected to peak until February, health officials continue to urge those who have not yet received the flu vaccine to get one.


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