Health officials Wednesday announced the county’s second flu-related death this season, as cases of the infectious disease continue to increase.

The death of the 48-year-old woman follows that of a 61-year-old woman who died in mid-January of the flu, Scott Packard, spokesman for the Galveston County Health District, said. 

These were the first reported flu-related deaths of Galveston County since a child died from flu complications in 2014.

The news comes as cases of flu continue to rise throughout the county and across the country.

There have been more than 3,500 confirmed cases of flu in the county this season, compared to 455 in the same time period in 2016-17, officials said.

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Before coming to work for The Daily News as a staff reporter, he worked for us as a freelance correspondent the past year. He has written for publications like the Washington Post. “Galveston County is full of interesting stories and perspectives,”

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