53-year-old Suzie Mahaffey died in a Salem hospital Tuesday morning. She reportedly came down with Bronchitis on December 29th and never got better.
Multnomah County Health Officer Dr. Justin Denny says the number of flu cases are not up, but the severity of the cases is far worse than in recent years. He says this year’s H1N1 Strand is the same one from 2009. Hundreds of Portland area people have been hospitalized by the flu and at least 8 people of died; including a 5-year-old.
Dr. Denny says they are not short on Tamaflu doses. That is the medicine that is used on people who have been diagnosed with influenza. It’s also used sometime on people who are in the high risk category. It actually does combat the flu.