CORRECTION: The Southern Nevada Health District originally said the updated number was 47 and later corrected it to 48.
The Southern Nevada Health District updated the number of flu deaths this season to 48, more than 20 above the original number.
The Health District conducts surveillance in keeping with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. When flu cases are reported to the Health District, the outcome of a case may be delayed. Staff members conduct investigations that involve reviewing patient records, death certificates, and laboratory reports, as well as verifying case definitions to reconcile surveillance activities.
While the number of deaths attributed to the flu has changed, the total number of cases has not risen.
UPDATE MARCH 9: A person above 65 years old died as a result of the flu during the week of March 3-9.
This brings the number of deaths to 26.
UPDATE MARCH 2: An additional flu death was reported the week of Feb. 25-March 2. This brings the total number of deaths to 25. The latest death was someone in the 50-64 age group.
UPDATE FEB. 16: There have now been 24 flu-related deaths in Clark County. There has been one death in the age group of 0 to 4; 2 for age group 5-17; 1 for ages 18-24; 1 for ages 25-49; 5 for ages 50 to 64; and 14 for ages 65 and older.
UPDATE FEB. 9: Twenty-two people have now died because of the flu in Clark County.
There have been 959 confirmed cases of the flu since flu season began late last year. 751 people have been hospitalized.
One of the most recent victims was a 24-year-old woman named Jenna Libidinsky.
UPDATE FEB. 2: Two more people have died of the flu in Clark County, bringing the total to 18 deaths.
According to the Southern Nevada Health District, the deaths occurred in the 65 and older age group.
Two more people have died as the result of the flu in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
One person was between the ages of 5 and 17 years old and the other person was 65 years of age or older. Both died the week of Jan. 14.