Perth boy dead at 10 from flu

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WA’s “horror” flu season has claimed another victim over the long weekend.

A 10-year-old boy has died at Perth Children’s Hospital from suspected influenza.

A Perth Children’s Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the boy’s death but would not say whether his critical condition over the past few days was flu-related.

It is understood the boy suffered complications due to the virus.

Channel 7 reported that the boy’s family were at his bedside as his life-support was turned off.

The case brings the number of deaths in WA from flu-related illness this year to 11, compared to four at the same time last year.

The Department of Health’s latest weekly statewide notifiable diseases data shows the number of reported cases in the state this year so far has jumped by 874 in one week to 3887.

That compares to 1216 cases for the same time last year.

The department says the flu season has come eight weeks earlier than usual and urges people to get immunised.