ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say an outbreak of early flu strains has contributed to the deaths of six people.
There were 60 cases of flu-like illness reported to the state last week. That’s a five-fold increase from the week before.READ MORE: 11 Injured, 3 Critically, In 7 Weekend Shootings In Minneapolis
The Department of Health says the flu continues to spread statewide, with cases reported in every region.
It has hit children particularly hard.READ MORE: Sheriff: Miltona Man, 48, Killed In ATV Rollover
They have a a higher than usual share of the 262 flu-related hospitalizations reported so far this season, although none of the deaths involved children.
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