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Illness kills local child

Health officials say the flu virus was present

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Yuma County Health officials confirm a child passed away Wednesday from complications from an illness that might be tied to the flu virus.

Sources close to the family of a Yuma child who died this week tell us her death was caused by the flu, but health officials said they cannot confirm or deny any information on the patient. Health officials said the flu virus was present, but they can not confirm if that was the direct cause of death.

Yuma Regional Medical Center (YRMC) has declined to comment on the case citing privacy laws.

Health officials urge members of the community to get their flu shots. They also advise people to adopt healthy practices during flu season, including frequent hand-washing, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and staying home when feeling ill.

KYMA.com, News 11, and 13 On Your Side will continue to monitor this story and bring you new details as they become available.

Health / Top Stories / Video / Yuma County

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