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Two children die of the flu in Orange and Pasco counties

channel 9Two children have died of the flu in Orange and Pasco Counties, health officials announced Monday.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of these children,” said Dr. Celeste Philip, deputy secretary for health and deputy state health officer for Children’s Medical Services.

Pre-existing health conditions often play a role in how certain people are affected by the flu, according to a statement from the state Department of Health.

Officials did not confirm if that was the case here, but did say that cases such as these are exceptions to usually mild cases of the flu.

Centra Care doctors have seen an overall 72 percent increase in adult cases and a 54 percent increase in pediatric cases. [Read full story]