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Sacramento County updates flu death toll to 24 this season

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 - 1:00 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Sacramento County public health officials today updated the number of flu fatalities in the county to 24 residents, three more than were reported on Monday. Thirteen of the victims were women and 11 were men.

A total of 98 patients have been hospitalized in intensive care units throughout the county during the 2013-2014 flu season.

The predominant strain is still the H1N1 influenza A virus, one which Dr. Sam Louie of UC Davis Medical Center said has “surprised everybody” with its virulence.

“This is just one more reminder that Mother Nature can surprise us,” Louie said.

Today, a free flu vaccination clinic is being held in West Sacramento at West Sacramento City Hall, 1110 W. Capitol Ave, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Yolo County Public Health Department officials will be giving vaccinations.

On Tuesday, a Kaiser Permanente free flu clinic near Cal Expo drew about 1,400 people, the large majority of whom were not Kaiser members.

Call The Bee’s Cynthia H. Craft, (916) 321-1270.

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Cynthia CraftCynthia H. Craft began her reporting and editing career in Columbus, Ohio, after graduating from Ohio State University. She worked at a Dallas, Texas, newspaper as an editor, and then at the Los Angeles Times, as an editor and Capitol Bureau correspondent. After working as editor in chief at the California Journal, Craft went to Lima, Peru, for three years as a visiting professor of journalism at Peruana Universidad de Ciencias Aplicadas. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. She's currently The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health, a position made possible by a grant from The California Endowment.

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