(Jefferson City)–The number of flu cases in Missouri has nearly doubled from the previous week. According to a weekly state health department report, about 485 positive cases of the flu were reported from December 1 through 7, compared to the previous week’s 264 cases. One person died of the flu during the first week in December – bringing Missouri’s flu death total this season to 4. Influenza B cases are by far most prominent in the latest report. Northwest Missouri easily leads the state with the highest number of cases – about 237 during the first week in December.