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Death of North Dakota child linked to flu

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Bemidji Pioneer
Death of North Dakota child linked to flu
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

BISMARCK -- The state Health Department said today that a child in north central North Dakota died of the flu.

The youngster had underlying medical conditions and died while hospitalized. Officials said the child tested positive for influenza A and was younger than 10.

State Epidemiologist Tracy Miller said the rare death of a child is a reminder that influenza can be a serious illness.

The department urged people to get a flu shot and use proper hygiene to prevent spreading the disease. It said 28 of the 80 flu cases reported statewide as of today were in children younger than 10.

Pioneer staff reports