Four Confirmed Flu-Related Deaths at Decatur Morgan Hospital


DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Decatur Morgan Hospital Spokesperson Leigh Hayes confirms to WHNT News 19 that there have been four confirmed deaths of people who tested positive for the flu.

All four patients tested positive for the flu and had other health related conditions, according to Hayes. No additional information about age, sex, or specific strain of flu was released.

On Tuesday, Decatur Morgan Hospital will hold a press conference with head of the Vector Control Program, Dr. Scott Harris, about what to do to battle flu.

The CDC issued an official Health Advisory about the illness on December 24, 2013. The very young and the very old are the two groups most vulnerable to the flu, except in the case of swine flu, which traditionally sickens more children and young adults.

Dr. N. Rao Thotakura, a local pediatrician, told WHNT in December, “I think the best thing we all can do is get the flu shot. It’s not too late now.”


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