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Flu outbreak hits a further 167 schools prior to Christmas break

The widespread outbreak has also claimed another life.
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The current flu outbreak spreading across Minnesota has now impacted 287 schools this season to date, a further 167 coming in the week ending Dec. 21.

The number of schools where at least 5 percent of total enrollment has contracted an influenza-like illness is now at one of the highest levels it's been in Minnesota in the past five years.

It means the Christmas break has come at a fortuitous time given the speed at which the flu is spreading through Minnesota's schools.

Of the 287 schools reporting flu outbreaks, the most of them – 61 – are in Hennepin County. There are 37 affected schools in Ramsey County, 23 in Dakota, and 20 in Olmsted.

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This season's flu outbreak has also claimed a seventh life in Minnesota. So far this year though, the number of flu-related deaths is lower than it has been by the same period in recent years.

Last week, 78 people were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms, with 351 hospitalized in total this season.

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