Flu-related death total up to 26 in Dallas County

Dallas County reported three more flu-related deaths on Thursday, bringing the total for this season to 26.

Officials said the three patients included an 87-year-old in Irving, 98-year-old in DeSoto and 79-year-old in Dallas.

"All indications show that we are in the midst of the most intense weeks of flu season," said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, DCHHS interim director. "Staying home when you are sick and practicing good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands helps stop the spread of germs and prevents respiratory illnesses like the flu. If you have a high risk condition, remember to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu like symptoms."

Denton County reported its first two flu-related deaths on Thursday. A child was one of the two deaths.