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Iowa Records First Flu-Related Death of the Season


January 24, 2019

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) today announced the first flu-related death of the 2018-2019 influenza season, a middle aged (41-60 years of age) Eastern Iowa man, who had underlying conditions or contributing factors. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Caitlin Pedati, says this death is an indication that flu can be a serious illness. “This death is an unfortunate reminder the flu virus does have the potential to cause severe illness and death, especially in the very young, very old, or those who have underlying health conditions.”

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