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California reported deaths from the flu epidemic jumped by 50 percent from 10 for the last week of 2017 to 15 for the first week of 2018.
The California Department of Public Health reported that for the first 13 weeks of the 2017-2018 influenza season ending Jan. 6, total epidemic deaths for people younger than age 65 spiked from 27 to 42. That compares to 1 death for the same period last year.
California - Health - Tracking - Sentinel - Providers
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 a sore throat are laboratory tested for both influenza and pneumonia.
Of the 52,706 cases tested by Sentinels in California during for the first 13 weeks of the 2017-2018 flu year, there were 11,673 that tested positive for influenzas or 22.1 percent. But the epidemic is accelerating. Of the 8,432 cases tested in the flu year’s 13th week ending Jan. 6, there were 3,269, or 38.8 percent, that were tested positive for influenza.
CDPH - Flu - Outpatient - Hospitalizations - California
CDPH stated that the rising flu epidemic is to blame for higher than expected medical outpatient and hospitalizations in California. The peak of the flu epidemic is not expected until the second week in February. That means the number of weekly cases is expected to triple and...
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