Flu death toll rises to 176

Published 9:18 am Friday, March 15, 2013

ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s death toll from influenza this season has climbed to 176.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Thursday seven more influenza-related deaths were confirmed last week.

The 176 deaths are the most the state has recorded in at least five flu seasons.

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Flu illnesses continue to decrease. Last week 37 people were hospitalized in Minnesota.

One long-term care facility reported a flu outbreak, as did two schools.