H1N1 death numbers on the rise

All flu deaths will be considered H1N1 related

Southwest Georgia has 3 confirmed deaths related to the H1N1 flu and health officials say the number of deaths may increase in the near future.

District Health Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant says there is a new classification system for anyone who dies with both flu and it's having a direct impact on the numbers of H1N1 deaths.

"Our numbers have changed a little bit because we're including influenza and H1N1 because we aren't confirming every flu case to be H1N1 or the seasonal flu" says Dr. Grant.

Since the new classification system calls for the numbers of H1N1 deaths to combine with seasonal flu deaths it will appear as if the H1N1 death toll.