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Flu Season’s First Pediatric Death Reported in West Virginia

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Flu virus under a microscope.

Health officials in West Virginia are reporting the first pediatric flu death of the current season.

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department administrator Howard Gamble told media outlets his department was informed of the child's death Monday.

State Department of Health and Human resources spokeswoman Allison Adler said the 6-year-old is the first child to die of flu since the 2014-2015 season.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 30 pediatric flu deaths have occurred in the United States this season.


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