While much of the conversation about diseases right now is focused on the coronavirus from China, the flu has been in Maryland for several weeks. 

In Maryland alone, there have been 16,766 confirmed cases of the flu with 15 deaths, as of Jan. 18.

In Frederick County, there is at least one flu-related death. On Jan. 20, 5-year-old Lochlin DeSantis died from flu-related sepsis. Lochlin was a happy, giving child who was always running and always had a smile on his face. 

City editor Allen Etzler temporarily takes over hosting duties to interview producer Heather Mongilio about her story on Lochlin. She spoke about how his parents invited her and editor Graham Cullen into their homes around 48 hours before Lochlin's funeral so that they could spread the message about flu-related sepsis. 

Then Etzler tells Mongilio about other stories coming up in Frederick County this week before food and education reporter Katryna Perera joins Mongilio for her latest food review. 

Finally, Mongilio accompanied crime and courts reporter Jeremy Arias and transportation reporter Ryan Marshall as they donated blood. Arias joins Mongilio in the studio to discuss why the two donated blood. 

A new episode of Frederick Uncut comes out every Tuesday.

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Follow Heather Mongilio on Twitter: @HMongilio.

Heather Mongilio is the health and Fort Detrick reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She can be reached at hmongilio@newspost.com.

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How many, if any that died, had the flu shot?

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