Another South Dakota resident died of influenza-related causes last week, bringing the death total for this flu season to 36, according to the S.D. Department of Health.

Two of those deaths have been pediatric patients, and 11 percent of them have been among Native American patients. Influenza B has been the predominant virus this season, with 64 percent of all laboratory confirmed cases in the state. The season began early and peaked in January this year but has held steady for the past four weeks.

Pennington and Minnehaha counties have both reported five flu deaths.



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