The Division of Public Health reported the first flu-related death of the 2017-18 flu season.

The individual, a 47-year-old male from New Castle County, passed away at a local hospital. The man, who was infected with influenza A, was a resident of a long-term care facility and had multiple underlying health conditions.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the gentleman’s family during this difficult time,” said DPH Director Karyl Rattay. “His death is a reminder of how serious the flu can be, especially among vulnerable populations. We often think of the very young and seniors when we think of the vulnerable, but people at any age with underlying health conditions are also at a greater risk of the flu and serious complications stemming from it.”

As of Dec. 2, there are 46 laboratory-confirmed flu cases in Delaware for the 2017-18 season with 15 requiring hospitalization. For the same time frame last flu season, there were 42 lab-confirmed cases statewide and also 15 hospitalizations.

For more on influenza prevention, diagnosis and treatment, call 800-282-8672 or visit flu.delaware.gov.