SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016

Two new flu-associated deaths in Delaware

Delaware officials recently announced two new flu-associated deaths this year and urged all persons that have not yet been vaccinated against this season's influenza to do so as soon as possible.

The first case was a 33-year-old pregnant woman. The woman was in her second trimester when she fell ill with the flu and passed away on February 22, according to ABC 6 Action News.

The hospital performed an emergency Caesarean section in an attempt to save the child on February 17. The child is still under hospitalization, ABC 6 Action News reports.

The second case was a 77-year-old man with underlying medical conditions. He was pronounced dead on February 21.

"These are tragedies," Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said, according to ABC 6 Action News. "Our thoughts and prayers go to the mother's child and all of the loved ones of our two deceased community members."

There have been three flu-associated deaths, 957 cases of infection and 32 hospitalizations in Delaware this season.

Health officials urged the public to take precautions against flu infection, including covering the mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, washing hands frequently and staying home when sick.