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State confirms 21st H1N1 death

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) today confirmed seven influenza-related deaths that occurred recently in Minnesota residents.

Health officials noted that these are deaths for which the department completed its investigation this week and that MDH continues to investigate possible H1N1-related deaths on an ongoing basis.

Six of the deaths were confirmed as 2009 H1N1 influenza related; one of the deaths occurred in an individual for which a specimen was not available but was most likely H1N1.

Those who died ranged in age from someone in their 30s to someone in their 80s. The deaths occurred between October 25 and November 4.

The six H1N1-confirmed deaths bring the total number of H1N1 deaths to 21 since April.