Another flu death in Travis County brings total to 15


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The number of deaths attributed to the flu virus in the Austin-Travis County area are now up to 15, according to Travis County Health and Human Services.

The 15th person to die from influenza this season was a 60-year-old man in January, but despite the deaths, officials say overall they are seeing a decrease in flu-like symptoms and incidents. There are still some patients in Travis County in intensive care with the flu virus.

Nationally, pneumonia and influenza deaths remain above the epidemic threshold – 7.2 percent of total deaths. Locally, these deaths have trended near or below seasonal levels. The U.S. reported 28 pediatric influenza-associated deaths this season, nine of them were in Texas with one deaths happening in Travis County.

Texas is among 20 states reporting high flu activity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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