San Mateo County health officials reported another flu-related death on Thursday, bringing its total to six and adding to the Bay Area’s growing number of fatalities.
In addition to the six deaths, the county has had 20 flu-related ICU hospitalizations.
The six fatalities were all individuals under age 65. Five had underlying medical conditions and one did not. Five cases are also confirmed as H1N1, or swine flu, and the other case’s strain is not available.
The San Mateo County Health System does not release any further identifying information about the deceased including age, date or location of death.
As of the last widely reported figures, more than 200 people statewide are confirmed dead due to the flu and at least 30 people are in the Bay Area. The state only tracks influenza deaths among people 65 and younger.
Regionally, the deaths include 10 in Santa Clara County, five each in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, three in San Francisco County, two in Monterey County and one each in Santa Cruz and Solano counties.
The dominant strain this season is the H1N1 strain which seriously affects young and middle-aged people. A swine flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010 killed at least 150,000 people worldwide.
Local health officials continue urging people to get vaccinated against the flu.