The flu has taken the lives of three more people in Spokane County, raising the the death toll to 15 this season.
So far this season, 353 people have been hospitalized with the flu in Spokane County, compare that to 174 during the same period last year; 15 people have died from the flu in the county, nearly double the deaths last year.
The health district says hospitalizations are starting to drop off to four or five people a week; in the height of this flu season, there were four or five per day.
Dorothy Ludden, one of the last survivors of a government program that lobotomized mentally-ill World War II veterans, died on Monday. She was 94.
During the war, Mrs. Ludden served as a Navy nurse in stateside military hospitals. She was hospitalized for psychiatric reasons soon after her discharge from active duty in 1946. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, she underwent a lobotomy at the Veterans Administration hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala.