As influenza cases continue to rise throughout the country, more flu-related deaths are being reported with the latest casualties in Omaha and California.

Stanislaus County health officials in California reported Wednesday that a child has died from influenza and that the predominant flu strain this winter is more of a threat to children.

The county Health Services Agency said the child was otherwise healthy before coming down with flu symptoms. The child’s age and city of residence were not released out of respect for the family’s privacy. The agency said the tragic and unexpected death occurred within the last two weeks.

The first adult death due to influenza was reported Wednesday from the Douglas County Health Department in Omaha.

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