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March 8, 2014

Flu deaths set record

NORMAN — With all of the state’s other news in the last few months, the rising number of flu deaths hasn’t gotten the attention it received in previous years. Cleveland County has had three of the 53 Oklahoma flu deaths this season.

Two more deaths were reported during the past week. The season began in September and usually doesn’t break until spring. The previous record of 46 flu-related deaths in 2009 was broken two weeks ago, according to an Associated Press report.

Tulsa County is leading the flu death count with nine, followed by Comanche County with six and Oklahoma County with four. Cleveland, Logan, Pittsburg and Wagoner counties have each had three flu-related deaths. Carter, Creek, Le Flore, Muskogee and Washington counties have each had two deaths. Twelve other counties have each recorded one death, acording to the AP.

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