Queens girl dies after flu diagnosis, NYPD says


Queens girl dies after flu diagnosis, NYPD says

This year's flu virus claims the lives of two young children here in the city. She was rushed to the hospital, where she died at about 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Police said her parents tried to perform CPR and officers tried to help, as well. It was not immediately clear if the girl had any pre-existing health conditions that may have contributed to her death.

"This year is particularly bad, not just in New York City but across the nation", Bassett said at a press conference at the Health Department's Queens headquarters.

Health officials say there has been another flu death, but would not reveal the age or where the child lived.

Her's is the second pediatric, flu-related death of the season, the city said Monday.

NY is experiencing its worst flu season in 10 years and saw a 50 percent increase in confirmed flu cases and a 21 percent jump in hospitalizations over the past week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said last week.

A spokeswoman with the state Department of Health said the agency was in close communication with the city health department, which is the lead agency for pediatric flu deaths that occur in the city.

Overall, there have been almost 37,000 lab-confirmed flu cases over the past eight weeks in New York State, with more than 9,300 people requiring hospitalization.

Over 2,000 New Yorkers died from the flu and pneumonia, a common flu-related complication, in 2015, the past year with records available, according to a release from the New York City Health Department. The state health department recorded 11,683 new cases and 2,221 hospitalizations during that week.

Getting the flu shot reduces the odds you'll get the flu, and typically makes the symptoms milder if you come down with it anyway.




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