California's public health agency is reporting an additional 41 confirmed
But the California Department of Public Health also said Friday that weekly flu deaths, as well as hospitalizations and doctor visits among people with flu-like illness, were declining -- with hospitalizations now occurring within expected levels for this point in the season.
"The downward trend in the number of influenza cases is a good sign, but the season is far from over," Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the department, said in a statement.
Los Angeles County health officials reported that they have also noted a decrease in influenza activity "suggesting that the peak of flu season has passed."
The state is investigating an additional 41 cases, which are likely to be confirmed in coming days. California's 2013-2014 flu season has already proved far more severe than the 2012-2013 season. By this time last year, 26 people had died from the flu; throughout the entire season, 106 people died.
Scientists have hypothesized that one reason for the severity of this year's flu is the predominance of the
The department urged Californians at high risk who experience flu symptoms to call their physician immediately to get treatment, and encouraged anyone who hadn't done so already to get a