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New swine, drug-resistant flu strains tracked
San Francisco Chronicle

The flu season hasn’t kicked in yet, but Bay Area infectious disease experts are on the alert for new strains of the virus, including another swine flu that’s popped up in parts of the United States and a drug-resistant flu circulating in the Southern Hemisphere. It’s possible that these strains of influenza will never arrive in California, where the flu season officially starts in October but doesn’t usually pick up steam until January or February. So far, very few cases of influenza have been reported statewide. One person, a Bakersfield man, has died from the flu.