ST. PAUL, Minn. (January 3, 2013)--A teenager from Texas died of complications of the flu while on a family trip to visit his grandparents in Wisconsin, state health officials said.
Max Schwolert, 17, and his family were spending the holidays with his grandparents in Amery, Wis., when he got sick on Christmas Eve, relatives said.
The teenager died Saturday at a St. Paul hospital.
His uncle, Phil Schwolert, said his nephew evidently developed a staph infection along with the flu.
The teenager was a senior at Marcus High School in suburban Dallas.
The state Department of Health confirmed he died of flu complications, in the third flu death this season in Minnesota.
Health officials predict it could be one of the worst flu seasons in years in Minnesota.
More than 120 Minnesotans were hospitalized with the flu in the week ending Dec. 22, nearly twice the number of cases in the previous week.