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Flu claims life of Lane County resident; public health officials tracking outbreaks

Public health officials track outbreaks in places like assisted living facilities. There are 7 suspected outbreaks in Lane County in such facilities.

EUGENE, Ore. - A resident of an assisted living facility has died from the flu in Lane County, public health officials confirm.

Jason Davis with Lane County Public Health said there has been one death at an assisted living facility, where public health officials are tracking an outbreak of the flu. He said the victim was an older individual.

Davis said it can be difficult for public health officials to track flu deaths unless they are part of a known outbreak. Health care providers are not required to report cases of the flu.

Public health officials do track outbreaks in places like assisted living facilities. There are 7 suspected outbreaks in Lane County in such facilities.

The county is also examining a high school reporting a 14 percent absentee rate for illness, although the flu has not been confirmed as the cause.

By comparison to last year, Davis said the county saw outbreaks numbering the double digits. At one point, 11 people died from the flu in 11 days.

State officials have said two children - one under 5, the other under 10 - have died from the flu so far this season in Oregon.

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