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Kent County reporting 5th flu-related death

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Kent County Health Department is confirming another flu-related death.

The patient was a man from Kent County over the age of 50. The initial test confirms the man was suffering from Influenza A/H1N1, the predominant strain people have been catching this season.

The health department has no medical history, so it is unclear if there were any known underlying medical conditions in this case.

"Health care providers report a leveling-off of cases of flu-like illness in recent weeks, but we still need to practice prevention," says Adam London, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department.

"In some years, we see flu season peaks as late as March. If you are suffering from the symptoms, consider seeking help from a health care provider, and stay home until you recover."

Kent County had five known flu-related deaths in the 2009-2010 season, the initial year that the H1N1 strain was circulating.

This brings the total number of Michigan flu-related fatalities to 12. With 5 in Kent County, 3 in Kalamazoo County, 2 in Ottawa County and one each in Van Buren and Barry Counties.