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January 14, 2014

State health official declares the flu “widespread” in California

California’s public health director declared Friday that the flu has gained ground throughout the state and is now considered widespread. Seven influenza deaths have been reported statewide – with five occurring in Sacramento County this week alone. It was unclear why Sacramento County appeared to be bearing an outsized burden of flu deaths, or if the numbers signaled a significant trend or a statistical quirk.

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