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Officials say 129 have died of flu in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)  Oklahoma health officials say the state has recorded 129 influenza deaths this season  just one shy of the state's record death toll  and about 3,000 people have been hospitalized with illness.

Oklahoma Department of Health spokesman Tony Sellars said Thursday that flu deaths in the state since Sept. 1 have nearly tied the previous record of 130 set during last year's flu season.

Health officials say 89 people aged 65 or over are among this year's victims, more than any other age group. A total of 15 people 18-49 and 25 aged 50-64 have also died due to the flu this season.

County, regional numbers

As of Wednesday, 81 people had been hospitalized for the flu so far this season in Comanche County. A total of 317 had been hospitalized in the Southwest region of the state. Nineteen people in the Southwest region have died due to the flu, according to the health department.

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