Coroner confirms two flu deaths in Manitowoc County

MANITOWOC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Manitowoc County Coroner has confirmed two flu deaths in the county.

The adult male and adult female lived together at a home in Two Rivers.

On Feb. 11, the coroner's office was called to a home for the death of a 48-year-old woman.

Investigators say a swab was taken from the woman and a local hospital confirmed the presence of Influenza A.

The coroner's investigation confirmed flu to be the cause of death.

A 56-year-old man who lived in the same home was taken to a hospital. He died several hours later. It was confirmed that the man also had Influenza A.

The coroner's office is not releasing any names until family members are notified of the deaths.

Wisconsin's Department of Health Services releases a weekly report on the flu. A map shows a majority of the state in red--meaning high levels.

The predominant virus is Influenza A.

The state health agency says flu activity is increasing statewide. During the week ending on Feb. 3, there were more than 500 flu-related hospitalizations.

Flu is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person.

Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, cough, and aches.

It can be deadly for the elderly, small children, or those with chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

Click here to view an influenza fact sheet.



 
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