Flu season one of the deadliest in recent years

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For the first time since the flu season began in October, no one died from a flu-related illness in Minnesota in the most recent week for which data is available.

But it has been the deadliest influenza season in recent years by far in the state, according to state statistics.

Since the start of the season, 194 influenza-related deaths have been confirmed in Minnesota. That compares to 33 deaths in the 2011-12 season; 70 deaths in the 2010-11 season; and 67 deaths in the 2009-10 season.

In January, there were as many as 23 flu deaths in a single week in Minnesota, but the numbers fell as the season wore on.

The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed Thursday that there were no influenza-related deaths during week 17 (April 21-27) of this season. See weekly reports here for the 2012-13 season.

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