Minn. flu deaths more than double over last year

Number of deaths reaches 75

NEW YORK — The number of people who have died from flu in Minnesota is 75, more than double what it was last year, according to the state health department and published reports.

According to data released by the department, the third week of January — Jan. 13-19 — saw 15 people die from flu-related illness, bringing the total for the season to 75. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that 33 people died from flu last season, while 67 died during the 2009-2010 season, coinciding with the H1N1 pandemic.

During the third week, 208 people were hospitalized, bringing the total number of hospitalizations to 2,128, according to the state health department.

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