SAN DIEGO–An additional influenza death was reported in San Diego county, bringing this season’s total to eight, according to the County Health and Human Services Agency.
A 70-year-old San Diego man died Dec. 19 from influenza A Pandemic H1N1 and had underlying medical conditions.
Also, the percentage of people with influenza-like illness at local emergency departments nearly doubled, jumping to 7% after holding steady at 4% for several weeks.
“Influenza can be life-threatening, especially for the elderly, the very young and people with underlying medical conditions,” said M. Winston Tilghman, M.D., acting County public health officer. “This is the time of the flu season when cases start to increase. If you have not gotten a flu shot, do it now.”
The number of lab-confirmed cases rose 57% last week when 755 cases were reported, compared to 482 cases the previous week.
To date, 2,456 flu cases have been reported locally this year, compared to 1,336 at the same time last season.