A 30-year-old Coachella Valley man who died at a hospital this week tested positive for the
The case marks the first
Officials said they're looking at whether other health problems contributed to the man's death, and if he received a
Commonly called swine flu, the
But three years after the outbreak, California state health officials say reports of H1N1 in the state on the rise again.
Riverside County health officials said they have seen some recent increases in instances of flulike illness, but overall flu activity is at expected levels for this time of the year.
Officials say the most effective protection against the flu virus is getting vaccinated. The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention recommends that all people 6 months and older receive flu vaccinations every year.
"Some people wrongly believe that is too far into the flu season," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, Riverside County's public health officer. "That is not the case. There is still time and the vaccine is readily available."