Posted: Jan 15, 2013 9:13 PM by Mike Manzoni -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Jan 15, 2013 11:16 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- Hospital officials at Christus Spohn held a news conference Tuesday afternoon warning the public of the dangers of influenza and offering tips to prevent the virus from spreading.
"We've recently seen an increase in influenza activity throughout our communities," said Phyllis Dudley, a registered nurse who oversees infection control for the hospital system. "It's concerning because influenza is a serious illness and a lot of patients have a bad outcome from it."
The Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health District announced Tuesday that three elderly Corpus Christi women died from flu complications within the past two weeks. They were all between the ages of 65 and 85, and had pre-existing health issues that worsened their illness, local health authority Dr. William Burgin Jr. said.
While those who are either very young or very old are most at risk, Dudley said everyone should take precautions to avoid contracting the virus. She said frequent hand washing and sneezing or coughing into one's arm are helpful.
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