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MDH reports 8th flu death in Minnesota, over 500 hospitalizations this season

Updated: January 02, 2020 06:09 PM

Another flu-related death has been confirmed in Minnesota, according to state health officials.

The latest flu activity report from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) lists eight total deaths associated with influenza this season, up one from last week. None have been pediatric deaths.

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According to the report, 117 people were hospitalized with the flu the most recent week, up from 114 last week. A total of 505 people have been hospitalized with the flu this season, according to MDH.

"Last week was actually a big week for flu in Minnesota," said Dr. Krishnan Subrahmanian, a pediatrician with Hennepin County Medical Center.

"We're still seeing a lot of Influenza B, but other types of influenza are making a surge in the past couple weeks," said Subrahmanian. "The short of it is we're just seeing a lot of flu in the community, in the hospital and around the state."

According to Dr. Subrahmanian, it's unusual to see the Influenza B virus this time of year.

"We've seen a weird pattern, an interesting pattern this year, in that we had a lot of Influenza B, which we usually see later in the season in the February and March time."

MDH confirms another flu-related death in Minnesota as flu reports continue to rise

Minnesota is one of 28 jurisdictions to experience high influenza-like illness activity. The jurisdictions include 25 states, as well as Puerto Rico, New York City and District of Columbia.

To see the full report, click here.

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