Is The H1N1 Flu Bug: ‘A Super Virus’? Why Are People Dying?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Erik Rosales
Feb 04, 2014

FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) –
We are not out of the woods yet!

That is the word from Fresno County Public Health officials about the ‘flu’ virus.

As of Tuesday afternoon, in Fresno County alone, fourteen people have died from the bug.

Another thirty-one people were admitted to intensive care units, and eight remain hospitalized.

In the state of California, at least 147 people have died from the virus.

The virus, which typically strikes seniors and young children, is now attacking and even killing young adults.

So, is it a more severe strain of flu, or has it mutated?

Fresno County Department of Public Health Manager, Joe Prado says, “There is some mutation with the strain from year to year, but majority of it is still the same strain, we saw in 2009.”

Back then, the strain of influenza, known as H1N1, caused an outbreak that began in Mexico and swept the globe in just a few months.

Prado says, “However, we didn’t have this many deaths in Fresno County back in 2009. So that is what we are concerned about. The severity is higher than it used to be.”

So, why are more people dying?

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