Flu season worst in five years, Fresno County reports four more deaths

Thursday, January 23, 2014
By Paul Martin

The Fresno Bee
January 22, 2014

Fresno County health officials said Wednesday that four more people have died of flu-related complications, making this virus the most deadly in five years.

“Right now, we’re already at 11 deaths and we’re not even through the full flu season,” said Joe Prado, manager of community health at the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Flu season typically runs from the end of September through the end of May. Fresno County recorded a total of nine flu-related deaths in the 2012-13 season, five in 2011-12, three in 2010-11 and seven in 2009-10, Prado said.

Meanwhile, Madera County health officials said Wednesday a 61-year-old woman is the second person to die of flu-related complications. The county reported its first flu death Tuesday, that of a 63-year-old woman.

The deaths reported Wednesday bring to 20 the number of people who have died in the central San Joaquin Valley so far this flu season. Kings and Merced counties have had three deaths each and Tulare County has had one.

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