Second metro flu-related death reported

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- A second flu-related death has been reported in Douglas County.

The Health Department says high levels of influenza activity continue in Douglas County. A total of 301 influenza cases were reported last week compared to 355 reported the week prior.

The percentage of outpatient visits with influenza-like illness (ILI), emergency department visits with ILI, and hospital admissions with ILI also remains high. The percent of children absent from school was not available due to the holiday break.

A total of 966 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza have been reported this season (Since September 30, 2018), with 301 cases reported last week.

A total of 481 cases were rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) influenza type A, 448 were PCR-confirmed influenza type A (three were subtyped as A H1, 16 as A H1N1, and 75 as A H3), 31 were RIDT influenza type B, two were PCR-confirmed influenza type B, and four were RIDT influenza type A/B (not typed).

One pediatric death due to influenza has been reported in Nebraska this season. That was not a Douglas County case.

The two Douglas County adults who have died were both over age 65.

The Douglas County Health Department says those are the known deaths. The Department says influenza-associated adult deaths are not reportable by law and may be underreported.

Thirteen positive respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) tests were reported (of 107 tested) last week.