Flu season now blamed for 60 deaths in Dallas County

Health officials in Dallas County are reporting six new flu-related deaths, bringing total to 60.

In this case, the patients were from DeSoto, Dallas, Richardson and Garland, according to Dallas County Health and Human Services. They ranged from 36 to 86 years old and all reportedly had underlying health conditions.

"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," said Ganesh Shivamaiyer, DCHHS interim director.  "If you have a high-risk condition, remember to keep a safe distance from individuals who have flu-like symptoms."

"Older adults, individuals with chronic health conditions, pregnant women, young children and infants are more vulnerable to flu illness," said Dr. Christopher Perkins, DCHHS health authority/medical director. "With influenza activity on the rise, individuals in these groups should take special precaution as we continue throughout the season."

Denton County reported its sixth and seventh flu deaths this season.