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SOUTH DAKOTA FLU CASES SKYROCKET

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INFLUENZA CASES ARE UP DRASTICALLY IN SOUTH DAKOTA FROM LAST SEASON.

OFFICIALS WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAY SIX-THOUSAND FLU CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED SINCE LATE FALL.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR, THAT NUMBER WAS CLOSER TO 75.

THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR FLU-RELATED DEATHS IN THE STATE SO FAR THIS SEASON, WHICH TYPICALLY LASTS THROUGH APRIL.