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12-year-old boy dies from flu-related illness in Mass.

The boy, identified by Milford officials as Aaron Zenus, died Wednesday after being treated at a hospital.

MILFORD, Mass. (AP) — A 12-year-old Milford boy is the first child to die from flu-related illness in Massachusetts this winter.

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The boy, identified by town officials as Aaron Zenus, died Wednesday after being treated at a hospital.

Milford School Superintendent Kevin McIntyre said in a statement that it was a sad day for the town and that Aaron was a beloved member of the school community. Grief counselors will be available at Stacy Middle School where the boy was a seventh-grader.

State public health officials said it was the first pediatric flu-related death in Massachusetts this season.

The most recent weekly flu report from the Department of Public Health indicated an increase in rates of flu-like illness in the state.

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