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Delaware reports 1st flu-related death in 2014-15 season; patient was 83-year-old woman

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DOVER, Delaware — Public health officials say the first death related to the flu in the state has been reported.

The Division of Public Health said in an email on Wednesday that the patient is an 83-year-old woman from Sussex County. Officials say she died Monday and lab tests confirmed an infection with influenza A.

There have been 37 cases for the current flu season in Delaware. Last season, there were 1,842 confirmed flu cases in Delaware, with six flu-related deaths.

Public health officials are urging residents to get the flu vaccine.

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