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Flu Death Toll Increases (Feb 21, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma State Department of Health says there has been one additional flu-related death in the state and 24 more hospitalizations due to influenza in the past week.

The department report released Thursday shows there have been 26 deaths and 946 hospitalizations since the start of the flu season in September. The season runs through May.

The latest death was a Cherokee County resident.

The department says Tulsa County has had six flu-related deaths while Oklahoma and Comanche counties have each had three. Washington and Pittsburg counties each reported two deaths. Single deaths are reported in Blaine, Cherokee, Cleveland, Creek, Mayes, McIntosh, Nowata, Rogers and Stephens counties.

The department says those who have died range in age from 7 to 98.

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