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Published March 14, 2013, 04:46 PM

Minn. flu death toll rises to 176

ST. PAUL — Minnesota's death toll from influenza this season has climbed to 176.

By: Associated Press , INFORUM

ST. PAUL — Minnesota's death toll from influenza this season has climbed to 176.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday seven more influenza-related deaths were confirmed last week.

Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/YumQPd) reports the 176 deaths are the most the state has recorded in at least five flu seasons. Comparisons before that time are limited due to a change in the way the state Health Department calculates flu deaths.

Flu illnesses continue to decrease. Last week 37 people were hospitalized in Minnesota. One long-term care facility reported a flu outbreak, as did two schools.

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Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mpr.org


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