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Orange County confirms its first flu death of 2013-14 season
Orange County confirms its first flu death of 2013-14 season

Health officials Thursday confirmed Orange County's first reported flu-related death this season. A 28-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman, who had an underlying medical condition, died last week of H1N1 -- the same strain of the flu that triggered the swine flu pandemic in 2009 -- according to Deanne Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Orange County, which keeps track of influenza deaths only in people younger than 65, has seen a slight increase in severe cases this season, Thompson said. Last year at this time, the county had recorded three severe cases -- defined as times when people either died or ended up in a...

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