Flu cases spike in Texas, 13 dead in Houston area

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Officials are reporting a spike in flu cases in Texas with more than a dozen deaths in the Houston area, most of which were caused by the H1N1 strain that's also known as the swine flu.

KHOU in Houston reports (http://bit.ly/1fKUsjA ) that 13 people have died in Houston so far, including a teenager. Kathy Barton, spokeswoman for the city's health department, says the teenager was infected with the H1N1 strain of the virus. About 95 percent of the influenza A cases in Texas are H1N1.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Texas is one of four states with "high" activity of influenza-like illnesses.

State health officials say influenza has become widespread across Texas, which is not unusual for this time of year.

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Information from: KHOU-TV, http://www.khou.com

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