From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
HUNTSVILLE – A student from a middle school in Huntsville is among the latest in deaths as a result of flu complications, according to AL.com. The death comes after a statewide and national outbreak of influenza prompted Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to declare a state of emergency on Jan. 12.
Aaron Masterson, a student at Huntsville Junior High School, died from the B-strain of the flu. According to the report, he had cystic fibrosis, complicating his symptoms after coming down with the illness.
53 flu-related deaths were recorded were recorded in January by the Alabama Department of Health with many of them occurring in the north and central areas of the state. 11 of those were recorded in Jefferson County, a study by the department says.
One pediatric death was confirmed last month.
The department has provided guidelines for schools/child care services, healthcare facilities, and long-term care facilities on how to prevent the flu.