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