As flu season continues this winter, Santa Clara County reported two more flu-related deaths Friday, bringing the Bay Area total to 23.
Two women, ages 52 and 62, died this week from the H1N1 virus, also known as “swine flu,” Santa Clara County Public Health Department spokeswoman Amy Cornell said Friday.
The county reported the first Bay Area flu-related death this season when a 41-year-old woman passed away in December shortly before Christmas, Cornell said.
This month two men, 61 and 56 years old, and a 62-year-old woman have also died from the virus, she said.
There have been six flu-related deaths in the county this season.
There have also been 15 people who have been hospitalized after coming down with severe cases of the flu this season, according to Cornell.
Throughout the state, there have been 45 confirmed influenza deaths statewide and 50 more suspected cases as of Jan. 11, according to Dr. Gil Chavez, deputy director and state epidemiologist with the Department of Public Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases.
There have been at least 23 flu deaths in the Bay Area as of Friday afternoon, according to local health departments. That number is higher than the 14 confirmed in the region so far by the state Department of Public Health.
The state health department is not required to report flu deaths of people over age 65, Chavez said.