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Flu death count rises

By Candice Dehnbostel

Two children died from the flu, reported the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday.

The latest deaths included an 8-year-old and a 17-month-old. Both were from the Twin Cities area. Last week another 8-year-old in Ramsey County died of the flu, according to the Pioneer Press.

State officials maintain this strain of the flu virus is not more dangerous than usual, reported the Star Tribune. None of the children that died were vaccinated.

The number of school influenza outbreaks has jumped this year. The State Health Department reported 224 outbreaks, compared to 199 last season, according to KARE 11.