Flu death reported in Dorchester County

The Dorchester County Coroner’s Office reported that a 39-year-old man has died from the flu.

The man suffered from flu-related symptoms for about a week before he died in a hospital emergency room on Jan. 4, Coroner Chris Nisbet said.

Nisbet did not identify him.

Prior to his death, the man complained to family members about chest congestion and difficulty breathing, Nisbet said.

Officials determined that the man suffered from Influenza B. He died from respiratory failure due to bilateral pneumonia, Nisbet said.

Nisbet urged all residents to seek medical attention if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The state health department reports that 17 other residents in South Carolina have died from the flu so far this season, through the week ending Dec. 28.

The department is expected to release an updated count this afternoon.

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