MDH Reports 1 More Pediatric Flu Death

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Minnesota Department of Health

March 01, 2018 03:21 PM

One child died last week from influenza in Minnesota, according to the latest figures provided by the Minnesota Department of Health.

In its eighth week of reporting, MDH said the geographic spread of the disease has dropped from a widespread to a regional level. This is the first time the geographic spread has been at a regional level since early December, according to data.

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The number of people hospitalized for the disease in the week ending on Feb. 24 was down significantly compared to a peak of more than 650 during week three.

The death of the one child during week eight brings the total of pediatric influenza deaths to five.

There have now been 5,128 flu-related hospitalizations in the state during the current flu season, according to the report. That's up from 3,738 a year ago.

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