2nd Minnesota flu death reported

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Minnesota health officials say the flu is spreading fast and the state has registered its second flu-related death, the Star Tribune reports. A woman in her 90s with other underlying health issues died of complications from the flu, the newspaper reports.

According to the latest Minnesota Department of Health report for the week of Dec. 16-22, 123 people in the state were hospitalized with the flu last week, which is about twice the number from the previous week.

It's not yet clear if this is will prove to be a worse year than usual. "We are at least having a regular influenza season," Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease epidemiology at the Minnesota Department of Health, told the Pioneer Press. "And it may be – we'll be able to tell in a couple of weeks, with a few more data points – that this is going to be a more severe season."

The graph shows the jump in cases in Minnesota in the last few weeks:

Here's a CDC map that shows the flu is more widespread in Minnesota than it is in other states.

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