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Health officials confirm second child flu death in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Health officials have confirmed the state's second pediatric flu death in Wisconsin this year.

The child was from the southern part of the state, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, bringing the total of flu deaths in the state to 31.

Hospitals and clinics are seeing a big uptick in cases of the flu right now in the Madison area.

As of Monday, there have been 609 adults treated for the flu at UW Health and 67 hospitalized this flu season. That's up from 130 at the same time last year.

For kids, it's 595 cases and 20 hospitalized, up from 38 cases in the previous flu season.

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital has admitted 51 patients, as of Tuesday. Most of those came in since the beginning of the year and 12 of them in the past week.

Public health officials say this season is definitely different than previous years, with high numbers early in fall and now.

This flu season may be overshadowed this year because of the concerns over coronavirus, with one case diagnosed in Madison. But health officials say the average person should be more vigilant about protecting themselves from the flu.

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