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California’s flu death toll rises to 318 even as widespread influenza activity decreases
Sacramento Bee

As the flu season winds down, the number of statewide deaths due to severe influenza continues to rise – to 318 people under the age of 65 – as California public health officials investigate additional cases still trickling in from counties.

By Friday, California had seen three times the number of deaths reported in all of last year’s flu season, which took the lives of 106 people. Another 26 deaths are under investigation and likely will increase the 2013-14 flu fatality toll, state officials said.