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Teen Dies From Flu

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Friends and family are mourning the death of a 14-year-old girl who died suddenly last week.

The Dalton, Minnesota teen was a 9th grader at Underwood High School. The girl died after contracting Influenza B.

An otherwise seemingly healthy girl became ill and died so quickly and that has scared the community.  But Tuesday, Valley News Live spoke with the teen's mom who says her daughter had been battling a rare lung infection that made her unable to fight off influenza.

Now the girls friends are left mourning and missing their best friend.

14-year-old Leasha Hoff loved spending time with her best friend Skylah Oksness. Skylah says they would, "hang out, talk about boys, watch a lot of movies."

Skylah was on a 9th grade field trip Tuesday, but still can't believe her friend isn't there too, "kind of in shock, its not real, its not suppose to happen to you."

Skylah still can't believe this has happened, "her mom called me on the phone and was crying and it was a really scary sudden moment in my life."

Skylah and another friend Brittany Harthun say the flu had been going around their school,  "it has. A lot of people are sick."

Leasha's 9th grade class is small, only 46 kids. Now the group is banding together to support each other after one has gone so suddenly, "just really scary that it happened to someone so young seemed healthy that day. It came out of the blue." says Skylah.

This story probably has many of you wondering about flu numbers in our area.

We're seeing some of the highest rates of new influenza cases, right here... Cass County tops the list in North Dakota.

And in Minnesota... last week 24 percent of all confirmed flu cases came from the area around Otter Tail County.

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