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A 5-year-old kindergartner has  died after reportedly suffering from flu-like symptoms. The girl was a student at Lincoln School in North Bergen, NJ.

Officials with New Jersey's Department of Health say they are investigating whether the girl's death was linked to the flu.

In a statement, North Bergen Superintendent of Schools George Solter said, "we all stand together as a school, a district and community during this trying time." 

"Today is a sad day in the North Bergen School District as we have lost one of our own," the statement reads. "I would like to express on behalf of the entire North Bergen School District our deepest sympathies for the family of our student, our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with you during this difficult time."

It has been an intense flu season across the nation, killing up to 4,000 a week, according to Forbes. Hudson County hospitals reported seeing a dramatic increase in hospital visits for flu-like symptoms. 

Schools have also been cleaning buildings to keep germs from spreading. North Bergen reported disinfected its schools with bleach. 

 

 

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