St. Paul (Learfield News Serice) - The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting the first child flu death of the season.

State health officials are not releasing the child's age or where they lived. MDH Epidemiologist Karen Martin says the child had the same strain of flu that thousands of other people had in Minnesota and unfortunately had a very severe complication.

Last season, five children died in Minnesota from flu-related complications, during what officials termed a severe outbreak. There have been 69 adult flu deaths in the state so far this season. Martin says 2018-19 has been somewhat milder than last season



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