LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has reported its first death of the flu season.

The victim who died Dec. 7 was an elderly person who had not been vaccinated and had underlying medical conditions, the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness said in a news release Thursday.

Kentucky health officials say the current flu season runs from September to May 2020. Louisville has seen a sharp rise in flu cases in the past two weeks, the department said.

Through Nov. 30, there had been 1,111 flu cases this season in the state, according to the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s weekly influenza report. No deaths had been reported through the end of November.

There have been 124 flu deaths in Louisville since 2015. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that influenza has resulted in between 12,000 and 61,000 deaths each year in the United States since 2010, the department said.



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