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2nd flu death confirmed in northern Ky.

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 01:05 PM

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The Northern Kentucky Independent Health Department has confirmed a second death this year from the flu.

Department spokeswoman Emily Gresham Wherle told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/VKJmEJ) on Wednesday that a middle-aged Campbell County woman died from complications caused by the virus. She said the woman, who was not identified, did not have any underlying health problems.

“It’s a reminder that the flu can be serious,” Wherle said.

It was the second flu-related death in northern Kentucky this year. A Campbell County man died in January from flu complications.

The agency said the number of flu cases increased so much this season that a new record was set with a total of 2,712 cases reported by March 2. Last year, only 284 people in Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton tested positive for the flu.

Health officials say the number of cases seems to be on the decline in the final weeks of flu season, but “there’s still quite a bit of activity.

The area is now averaging between 100-150 cases per week. There were 127 cases reported last week.

“It’s still out there in fair numbers,” she said. “But the activity is not as high as it was.”