Flu Season May be Coming to an End

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two flu deaths were reported in San Diego County last week, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Health officials also reported 101 lab-confirmed flu cases in total last week, a drop from 175 cases the week of April 8. Emergency room visits by patients with flu-like symptoms also dropped from 2 percent to 1 percent in that period.

``It appears that we're at the end of this flu season,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. 

``However, people should continue to take precautions to avoid contracting the virus.''

Overall, there have been 341 flu-related deaths in San Diego County this season. Forty-four of the deaths involved patients under 65 years old, though victims have ranged from 1 to 101 years old.T

his has been an unusually severe flu season. There were 86 flu-related deaths at this time last season, and 5,428 lab-confirmed cases, compared to the 20,661 reported cases so far this season.

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