Slight Increase in SD Flu Cases Compared to 2013: Officials

Flu cases see a 1.5 increase compared to same period last year, according to county health officials

As state heath officials urge Californians to get a flu shot, county officials are reporting that flu cases across San Diego have increased compared to the same period last year.

According to a new report released Thursday, 357 lab-confirmed influenza cases have been reported in San Diego, a 1.5 increase from the 216 that were reported during the same period in 2013.

County officials said that in the past week, 154 cases were reported, which was double the number in the same week last year.

Even with the slight increase, officials said the number of cases is still within the expected range.

So far this year, there have been no reports of flu-related deaths in San Diego, although 10 locals have required intensive care for a flu-related illness.

San Diego isn't alone, as several counties across the state have reported an increase in the number of flu cases, particularly of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, which caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009.

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