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California’s death count from flu rises to 202
Sacramento Bee

Statewide tallies put at 202 the number of people under 65 who have died of severe influenza so far this season, and state officials also reported a worrisome uptick in pertussis cases in 2013, including the first death of whooping cough since 2010.

The flu deaths are more than 11 times what California experienced last year at this time – just 18 fatalities – state public health officials said Friday. The toll is almost certain to increase, with another 41 lab-tested cases reported but awaiting confirmation, said Dr. James Watt, epidemiologist for the state Department of Public Health.

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