South Dakota Health Officials Confirm 13th Flu-Related Death

2-Year-Old Gianna Wehrkamp Died Saturday From The Flu

State health officials say a 2-year-old Sioux Falls girl is the 13th person to die from the flu in South Dakota.

An epidemiologist for the state Department of Health says it was the first pediatric death to occur this flu season.

The department says the number of influenza deaths increased to 12 confirmed cases last week. It says there were only three flu-related deaths in the state the week before.

The Department of Health says the number of flu-related hospitalizations also has doubled. It reported 245 total hospitalizations on Jan. 9, up from 121 hospitalizations listed on a Jan. 2 report.

The department says the number of confirmed flu cases jumped from 281 to 480 within that one-week period.