33 new flu deaths reported in Minnesota

6:51 AM, Jan 18, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Department of Health says at least 33 more people have died from the influenza virus, bringing the total to 60 people this season.

The MDH released their latest report on Thursday with statistics gathered between January 6-12.  During that week, they say 472 people were hospitalized for influenza and 46 long-term care facilities had outbreaks.

Schools are also taking a hard hit during what the MDH is calling a "very severe" flu season.  Ninety-two schools reported outbreaks during the second week of January, bringing the total number of schools affected to 254.

Health officials still maintain the flu shot is one's best defense against getting sick. They also recommend frequest hand-washing and disinfecting of common surfaces.

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