El Dorado County avoids flu epidemic, but numbers on the rise
An early flu season hitting much of the country has largely avoided California, but an uptick in cases throughout the state has public health officials urging people to get vaccinated against the respiratory infection.
Mississippi and California are the only U.S. states with “regional” flu activity rather than the more severe “widespread” activity, according to the latest influenza summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Margaret Williams, spokeswoman for El Dorado County's Health & Human Services Agency, said the county is reporting some flu cases, but not the numbers seen elsewhere.
“The number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, reported by the two hospitals in El Dorado County so far this season, is comparable to what we saw last year,” Williams said in an email. “We have not received any reports of flu-related outbreaks or deaths in our county this flu season.”
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