Minnesota records its first death associated with H1N1 novel influenzaThe Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that a Twin Cities area child who was infected with the H1N1 novel influenza virus has died.
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today announced that a Twin Cities area child who was infected with the H1N1 novel influenza virus has died. The child, who had underlying medical conditions, was briefly hospitalized and died late last week. Laboratory tests subsequently determined that the child had the H1N1 novel influenza.
"Our sympathies go to the family and loved ones of the child who died," said State Epidemiologist Dr. Ruth Lynfield. "For most people, the H1N1 flu is causing mild illness; however, it can still be very serious, especially for people with underlying health conditions. That's why we continue to monitor the situation very closely."
To date, MDH officials have confirmed 274 cases of the novel virus in Minnesota, including this case. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed 45 deaths from the virus across the country.
"This flu is very widespread, and we expect to see many more cases across the state," Lynfield said. "That's why we continue to urge people to take simple precautions to prevent getting it or spreading it."
For more information about novel influenza, please visit the MDH Web site at www.health.state.mn.us or contact your health care provider.
- Press release