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Jan 13, 2014 5:25 PM by KSBY Staff

Flu a factor in woman's death in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County Public Health officials say a woman in her 20s has died from complications of the flu.

They say the woman died within the last few days, but no other information about her or her illness has been released. They say other factors may have also contributed to her death.

In San Luis Obispo County, no deaths have been reported, but health officials say eight people have been hospitalized since November 28. They are between the ages of ten and 79.

No one under the age of 65 has been hospitalized with the flu in Santa Barbara County. Flu illnesses in people 65 and older are not tracked.

SLO County health officials say most people are being sickened by the H1N1 virus, which mostly affects young and middle-aged people.

The flu is considered widespread in California. At last check, state Department of Public Health officials said seven people have died from the flu this season in California. Another 28 deaths were under investigation.

Health officials say the increase in flu activity is not unexpected, because the season typically peaks in February or March.

H1N1 is one of the flu viruses included in this season's flu vaccine. Health officials say it is not to late to get vaccinated.

In 2009, an H1N1 flu pandemic killed at least 150,000 people worldwide.



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