GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) says the influenza virus may have contributed to nine recent deaths.

Six of the deaths were in Kent County, three were from neighboring counties. The health department says there have been over 1,600 reported flu cases in Kent County so far this season.

Adam London, the health officer of the KCHD, says that most of the reported deaths have been elderly patients with pre-existing medical conditions.

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