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The State of California is reporting that the deadly 2017-2018 flu epidemic is running at 300 percent above average for the last five years.
The California Department of Public Health (DPH) reported that for the first three months of the 2017-2018 flu season ending Dec. 30, there were 27 people younger than age 65 that died. That was up spectacularly from the one who died during the same period in 2016-2017.
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California provides weekly public health epidemic tracking through 68 enrolled “Sentinel Providers” (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) located in all 58 California counties. All patients suffering a fever above 100° Fahrenheit and with a cough and/or sore throat are laboratory tested for influenza and pneumonia.
Of the 41,891 cases tested in California during the first 12 weeks of the 2017-2018 flu year, there were 7,306 that tested positive for influenzas, or 17 percent. But the epidemic is exponentially accelerating. Of the 4,891 cases tested in the flu year’s 12th week ending Dec. 30, there were 2,002, or 41 percent, that tested positive for influenza.
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