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10 more influenza-related deaths confirmed in Minn. residents

ST. PAUL - Minnesota's influenza activity has been downgraded to local, states updated information from the Minnesota Dept. of Health, although 10 more influenza-related deaths in Minnesota residents have been confirmed.

One of the deaths was due to seasonal influenza Type B and occurred in a child who had underlying health conditions. The death was the first in a child associated with influenza B for the current flu season.

Information reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated no school outbreaks for the week and a less than one percent proportion of patients visiting doctors' offices with influenza-like illness in reporting sites.

Three influenza B cases were confirmed by the Minnesota Dept. of Health, and an additional one has been reported since Sept. 1. No seasonal influenza type-A viruses have been confirmed this fall.

H1N1 novel influenza activity is decreasing, with 21 hospitalizations due to influenza in the past week, 18 of which were confirmed as H1N1.

Of the other nine deaths, seven were due to H1N1 and two were due to influenza A-type unspecified. The deaths occurred between Oct. 27 and Nov. 19. Victims ranged in age from a child younger than 9 to a 90-something -year-old adult.

The total number of deaths due to H1N1 is 45, including 39 confirmed as H1N1 novel influenza.

Health officials noted that these are deaths for which the department completed its investigation this week. The Minnesota Dept. of Health continues to investigate possible H1N1 and other influenza-related deaths on an ongoing basis.

Information about deaths and other H1N1-related information is posted regularly to the MDH Web site at

Because there is continuing activity, health officials recommend that Minnesotans continue to take all the important precautions to protect themselves and others from influenza: Stay home if you are sick, cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. If you are in a priority group for vaccination, get vaccinated against H1N1 as soon as possible.

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