Flu outbreak up six-fold over last season

Flu outbreak up six-fold over last season

If you have the flu — or you know someone who does — you’re not alone. San Diego County Department of Health & Human Services confirmed a total of 563 cases of influenza reported in mid-December — that’s more than double the 227 cases reported a week earlier.

As of Dec. 27, nearly 2,227 new flu cases were reported in one week, raising this season’s total to 3,873. The “flu season” is considered the fall and winter months. A 91-year-old man with underlying medical conditions died Dec. 13, bringing the death-related total to 11.

By the numbers

For the week ending Dec. 23 (La Jolla Light deadline), the Health & Human Services Agency Influenza Watch...