48 Deaths Now Linked to Influenza

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(KNSI) - The latest report from the Minnesota Department of Health shows 5 more people have now died of influenza related complications.

That brings the total number of flu related deaths in the state to 48. That number also includes one child.

The report does not include patient vaccination information; nor does it include information regarding whether or not the victims had an underlying health condition.

The number of hospitalizations is also up from 223 last week to 249 this week, bringing the seasonal total to 1951.

In central Minnesota, there were 20 hospitalizations this week, bringing the seasonal total to 201.

As for long term care facilities, there were seven outbreaks reported this week, compared to nine last week, bringing the total number of LTC outbreaks to 47.

As for schools, there were 73 outbreaks reported this week compared to 93 last week. There have been 698 school outbreaks reported this season.

For Stearns, Benton and Sherburne Counties, there have been a total of 30 school outbreaks. As for long term care facilities, there has been just one outbreak reported.

Influenza A continues to be the dominant strain right now. Earlier in the season, influenza b was the dominant strain. Influenza b tends to hit young people harder than older ones, but health experts aren’t sure why.

The MDH says flu season in Minnesota usually lasts until about March.

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