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Officials say a child dies first in the Florida flu season



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida health officials say a child is the first to die during this year's flu season.

The Florida Department of Health's Office of Epidemiology said in a report the unidentified child tested positive for influenza B and died between September 30 and October 6. The report did not say where the child died, but said the child was otherwise healthy. The child had not been vaccinated.

In the first week of the flu season, the state had only two flu or flu-like outbreaks. One was a nonspecific burden and the other was strep throat. The Tampa Bay Times reports that both tribes met schools in Hillsborough County.

State officials said these outbreaks did not cause the child's death. No further details were published.

An estimated 80,000 Americans died of flu and their complications last winter ̵

1; the highest death of the disease for at least four decades.

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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