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Monroe Co. man dies of flu

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The flu has now claimed the lives of five people in the Toledo area. Christopher Wright, 41, is one of the latest victims of the flu. He died Sunday morning after contracting Influenza A.

"I never thought that it would happen to my family," says Wright's sister, Rachel Turner. "Especially someone who was so healthy and so young, and it just hit him so fast."

Wright was first taken to Mercy Memorial Hospital in Monroe, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and bronchitis.

After a week of treatment, family started to worry when he wasn't getting better.

"They tried driving out to U of M, and he couldn't make it," says Turner. "He was coughing up a lot, and he had a lot of blood in his lungs."

Wright is now the second flu-related death in Monroe County this season.

The first happened in December, when a Temperance man died from H1N1.

"These are the first two deaths from the flu for us in at least five years," says Monroe County Health Department Director Kim Comerzan.

Comerzan says, in the past two weeks, the number of confirmed flu cases has doubled.

"We have now jumped to 40 cases, so that is telling me that we have increased activity," she says.

The Monroe County Health Department is offering flu shot to residents, but they say there is only a limited supply remaining. "

"We have approximately 450 doses available," Comerzan says.

Turner says her brother never got a flu shot. She hopes his death is a reminder of just how serious to flu can be.

"I would like to tell people to get the flu shot," she says. If you have any symptoms go to the hospital. Don't hesitate, don't wait."

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