Flu Season Has Claimed 34 Lives in Washington State
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Health Department says the state has had 34 lab-confirmed flu deaths so far this flu season.
Agency spokesman Donn Moyer says that figure covers confirmed deaths through Wednesday. The total is up from 28 last week.
The Snohomish Health District north of Seattle says the Jan. 24 death of an Everett man in his 90s has been confirmed as a flu death.
Elsewhere, Thurston County’s health officer Dr. Diana Yu says a 23-year-old woman who died at the end of January tested positive for Influenza B. Yu says that flu strain rarely causes death. The Olympian reported Thursday that the woman likely died of flu complications such as secondary pneumonia.