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First flu-related child death reported in Cochise County since 2010

The last juvenile in Cochise County to die from a flu-related illness was more than a decade ago.

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. — Cochise County has reported its first juvenile flu-related death since 2010. 

The county said a local child recently died from a flu-related illness, marking the first death of its kind in over a decade.

"This heartbreaking news is a reminder that flu illness is more dangerous than the common cold for children," the county wrote in a statement.

Flu cases have escalated rapidly across Arizona in recent weeks and public health officials have been urging residents to consider getting a flu shot.

Arizona reported over 3,300 confirmed cases of the flu this past week, which is 54% more than the previous week and significantly more than what has typically been reported at this time during the flu season.

Last week, Pinal County reported the state's first flu-related child death of the season.

Health officials say to take a child to the emergency room if they start developing the following symptoms:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Chest pain
  • Nasal flaring – opening of the nose spreading open while breathing in
  • Grunting sounds while breathing out
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Dehydration 
  • Seizures
  • Fever above 104° F

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