SACRAMENTO (CBS SF) — The number of people who died in Santa Clara County during the current flu season has increased by two to 10, the most of any Bay Area county, public health officials reported Friday.
The county public health department confirmed Friday the two additional flu victims, men aged 43 and 54, who died in the county in January. There have been nine deaths in Santa Clara County for the month and 10 since the flu season began in October, department spokeswoman Amy Cornell said.READ MORE: Solo Crash Friday Night Closes Moraga Road, Cuts Power to Hundreds
The two newest victims suffered from the H1N1 flu virus but also had “underlying medical conditions” that might be considered as factors in their deaths, Cornell said.
Of the 10 people who have died from flu symptoms in the county since October, six were females and four males, ranging in age from 41 to 62, and nine had the H1N1 strain, according to Cornell.
The flu season extends to April, she said.