6-year-old boy, dead from H1N1, had no other conditionsby Rupa Shenoy, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A young child with no underlying health conditions is the latest Minnesota death from the H1N1 flu virus.
The Minnesota Department of Health said 6-year-old Nathanael Schilling died two weeks ago in an ambulance outside his home in Corcoran.
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H1N1 caused an inflammation in Nathanael 's heart muscle. State Epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield said he had no other known health problems.
"We do think it was a very severe case that was involved with a very unusual manifestation being that heart inflammation that is a very rare, severe complication of influenza," Lynfield said.
Three of the seven Minnesota deaths related to H1N1 have been children under age 9.
Children are at high risk of contracting the virus and they're among the priority groups receiving vaccinations.
Nearly 140 children have been hospitalized in Minnesota with H-1-N-1. That's more than a third of all people in the state who've been hospitalized with the illness.