Resurgence of H1N1 virus worries area health officials

Sunday, January 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

7 in area dead with months to go in flu season

Sunday, 1/19/2014

Lucas County is on track to surpass the number of flu deaths seen locally over the past five years after four county residents — along with three others in neighboring counties — have died from the flu in recent weeks.

During the past two years, there were no confirmed deaths from the flu in Lucas County. There was one flu-related death in the 2010-2011 flu season, and in 2009-2010, the year of the H1N1 pandemic, there were four deaths.

There are still months to go in this year’s flu season, raising concern among some health leaders.

“We are not in the throes of an epidemic. I think we are probably seeing a little higher than normal, and we are having a more serious flu season, but it is not an epidemic,” said Dr. David Grossman, Toledo-Lucas County health commissioner.

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